There are plans to introduce tough new measures to combat the rogue landlords operating in the private rented sector. Housing minister Brandon Lewis has revealed that the Government will announce a set of proposals to them drive out, which will include giving councils the powers to fine property owners and agents who rent out buildings that are in an unsafe condition or are overcrowded.
Those who break the rules could face fines of up to £30,000, six times the current maximum civil penalty as the law currently stands (although the average fine issued is only £1,500). Repeat offenders will receive a minimum of a 12-month ban from operating in the private rented sector.
A database of rogue landlords and agents will be created, and will be made available for council staff to access.
Lewis said: “The private rented sector is still afflicted by too many rogues, who rent dangerous, dirty, and overcrowded properties without a thought for the welfare of their tenants. We are determined to crack down.”
The measures will be debated as part of the Housing and Planning Bill when MPs return from the Commons Christmas recess in January.