Rogue landlords and agents database scope to be widened

first_imgHome » News » Rogue landlords and agents database scope to be widened previous nextRegulation & LawRogue landlords and agents database scope to be widenedConsultation is launched on widening prospective tenants’ and letting agents’ access the Rogue Landlords Database.Sheila Manchester25th July 20190490 Views The Ministry of Housing, Community and Local Government (MHCLG) has launched a consultation on widening tenants’ access and reviewing the scope of offences that lead to inclusion on the Rogue Landlords Database. The consultation closes on 12th October 2019.The database contains information relating to housing offences committed by landlords and property agents. Currently, local authorities must make an entry if a landlord or property agent has received a banning order. However, they have discretion on database submissions for offenders that have had two or more civil penalties within a 12-month period.The database is currently only accessible to local authorities as part of their enforcement strategy, but the consultation is seeking views on widening this access to the general public. It is exploring:What details should be visible, how long they should be held and whether landlords should be required to disclose their inclusion on the databaseA list of offences to be included in the databaseThe justification for including minor offences, improvement notices and failure of the fit and proper person testThe inclusion of landlords who had their licences revoked by local authorities and agents expelled from redress schemesThe case for including landlords and agents subject to management ordersThe grounds for local authorities to retain access to information on the database that tenants can no longer view.The National Landlords Association (NLA) says that it welcomes the opportunity for greater transparency but it believes that local authorities should be given more support to supplement their enforcement activity.Chris Norris, Director of Policy and Practice at the NLA, said, “It’s all well and good to open the database up to tenants, but if local authorities aren’t using the powers they have to identify and enforce against these landlords, it’s not really going to be of much use to anyone.“The inability of local authorities to enforce against bad practice is the main issue facing the private rented sector (PRS). Instead of spending time and money on a consultation, the Government would be better off giving that money to local authorities for the sole purpose of tackling criminal landlords.”What can landlords do?Landlords can make an individual response to the consultation and the ministry says it encourages them to do so. The consultation is available online from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) website Rogue Landlord Database The National Landlords Association Chris Norris NLA rogue landlords Sheila Manchester July 25, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more