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First banning order for a London landlord

A London landlord who let out properties in Euston and King’s Cross has been banned for 4 years and fined £29,000. A 45 year old London landlord who was subletting properties to young and foreign professionals has been banned from letting further properties for 4 years. The ban will commence in March 2020 and should […]

Landlord banned

On 16 August 2019 the First Tier Tribunal issued a landlord with a 5-year banning order. There was a long interaction between the landlord and local authority who applied for both a banning order and rent repayment order. For the purposes of this post we will concentrate on the banning order. The landlord had been […]

London landlord fined

A London landlord who divided his 3-bedroom house into 8 flats without planning permission has been fined £90,000 and ordered to pay a confiscation order under the Proceeds of Crime Act of £400,000. In addition to the fine and confiscation order the landlord was also ordered to pay £40,000 in costs. The landlord converted his […]

Tenant Fees Ban Wales – Reminder

On Sunday, 1 September the Renting Homes (fees etc) (Wales) Act came into force. This means that landlords and agents with properties in Wales will no longer be able to charge fees for new tenancies or renewals. Our previous post on the Act can be read here. This Act is similar to the Tenant Fees Act […]

Gas Safety – update

The Court of Appeal has listed the hearing of Trecarrell House Limited v Rouncefield at the end of January 2020. Readers of the blog will note our previous post on this case. In summary, a tenant defended a section 21 possession case on the basis that the landlord had not provided the gas safety certificate […]

Airbnb – a warning

Westminster council has successfully prosecuted a council tenant for sub-letting his apartment in Victoria, Central London, to a large number of tourists over several years. The council tenant was advertising his apartment using a fake profile on Airbnb. There are conflicting reports on how the council became aware of the subletting. However, it is likely […]

Rogue landlord database reform

The government has commenced a consultation on the database of rogue landlords and property agents. The consultation will seek views on who has access to the database and whether the scope of offences included on the database should be expanded. The database of rogue landlords and property agents was introduced as part of the Housing […]

Rogue landlord fined £20,000

Willesden Magistrates Court recently ordered a landlord to pay fines of £20,000, costs of £4,678 and a victim surcharge of £170. A landlord in Wembley came to Brent Council Housing Enforcement Officers’ attention following a tip-off from council tax officers that the landlord was attempting to claim a single person’s discount for the property when […]

New Guidance for landlords and tenants

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) has published new guidance for landlords and tenants. The government published the guidance earlier this month to ensure that landlords and tenants understand and fulfil their respective rights and responsibilities. Rental issues can arise on both sides, but the aim of the guidance is to help […]

Regulation of Property Agents

The government has launched the Regulation of Property Agents working group. The group will take forward the government’s commitment to implementing: Regulation of letting agents Minimum entry requirements for the sector A Code of Practice for the sector Fees limits and Right to Manage powers for long leases.   Our previous post can be read here The […]

Funding for councils to crack down on ‘rogue’ landlords

The Ministry of Housing, Communities, & Local Government (MHCLG) has announced a £2 million funding boost for local authorities to tackle ‘rogue’ landlords. Local authorities will be entitled to bid for funding to step up enforcement action against landlords who offer inadequate or unsafe properties.  The funding will assist local authorities develop and test innovative […]

Rent to Rent agent fined

The local authority of Waltham Forest has successfully prosecuted an agent who was unlawfully subletting a property in breach of the HMO regulations. The agent applied for a license for the property to be used as a single-family dwelling. However, the local authority carried out an inspection and discovered that the property was in fact […]

New Tribunal Forms

On 31st August HM Courts and Tribunal Service published a range of forms relating to the Housing and Planning Act 2016 in respect of rogue landlords and lettings agents in England. The Housing and Planning Act creates two new options for local authorities who have obtained a conviction against a landlord or letting agent for one […]

Tenant Fees Bill

The Government has now introduced the Tenant Fee Bill to the House of Commons. The Bill proposes to ban landlords and their letting agents from requiring private tenants and licensees in England making payments in connection with any tenancy. Our previous post can be read here. Below is a summary of the Bill. The ban […]

Database of Rogue landlords and property agents

The government has issued guidance on when and under what circumstances local authorities in England may make an entry on the ‘rogue’ landlord or agent database. The database was established following the introduction of the Housing and Planning Act 2016. The database is designed to help local authorities track agents and landlords that have been […]

‘Rogue’ landlords and property agents.

The Housing and Planning Act 2016 (Database of Rogue Landlords and Property Agents) Regulations 2018 will come into force on 6th April 2018. The Regulations only apply in England and set out what information should be included in the database. Specifically, the information will include: Name and address whether individual or company; Local housing authority […]

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