Crackdown on rogue landlords set for new year

News / Thu 28th Dec 2017 at 01:25pm


ROGUE landlords are the target of new measures being considered by both the government and Labour.

The government says landlords in England who want to rent a property to five or more people, from at least two different families, should be licensed.

Under the plan, the maximum number of people who can occupy a room would be specified in the property’s licence.

There are about 4.3 million households in the private rented sector in England. About 500,000 are houses in multiple occupation.

The Department for Communities and Local Government said the changes, subject to Parliamentary approval, would make flats and one and two-storey properties subject to licensing.

National mandatory licensing currently only applies if properties are three or more storeys.

It estimated that about 160,000 homes will be affected by the new proposals.

The government has also brought forward minimum bedroom sizes in a bid to deal with overcrowding and poor accommodation.

It is already waiting for approval from Parliament for regulations, which outline offences including burglary, blackmail, stalking, fraud and fire safety offences that will lead to a landlord being banned from letting out property.

Those who are banned will be listed on a database from April.

Housing minister Alok Sharma said he was seeking to target “unscrupulous” landlords who profit from offering “overcrowded, squalid and sometimes dangerous homes”.

He said: “Through a raft of new powers we are giving councils the further tools they need to crack down on these rogue landlords and kick them out of the business for good.”

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2 Comments for Crackdown on rogue landlords set for new year:

2017-12-28 14:34:16

All privately rented property should be licensed. This would protect the tenants and the neighbouring properties from poor electrical & fire safety. Licensing should include rules on keeping gardens tidy in addition to other anti-social behaviour. Just as important would be to scrap "no fault" section 21 evictions, where landlords can give just two months notice to quit despite tenants complying with their tenancy agreement. This has consequences. The Local Government Association published its Housing our Homeless report in July this year. The report stated: "the number of homelessness acceptances (by councils) caused by the loss of an assured shorthold tenancy in the private rented sector has quadrupled from 4,580 in 2009 to 18,750 in 2016." Similarly, the Joseph Rowntree Trust reported that more than 40,000 tenants in England were evicted in 2015 - an increase of a third since 2003 - with 80 per cent of that increase being no-fault evictions. It's time to end this scandal and only a Labour government is going to fix it.

2017-12-29 10:04:50

Harlow TUC .... lol

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