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Rogue Landlords to be fined £30,000 & property owners banned for repeat offenses

@OntheMarketblog earlier in the year  , reported on what legislation was being considered to deter rogue landlord activities in uk housing.

The Government is announcing enactment on the proposed legislation , LANDLORDS who let out filthy or unsafe homes will face fines of up to £30,000 under new laws to be unveiled this week.

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis will announce the biggest package of measures to drive out rogue property owners and agents

Council chiefs will be able to slap a new civil penalty notice on offenders to provide an instant deterrent for criminal operators.

Fines will be upped for failing to take action on overcrowding, hazardous conditions, poor sanitation, electrical faults, damp and vermin infestation.

Brandon Lewis MP and  UK Housing Minister who has woven in extra legislation into the historic housing and planning bill , protecting tenants

Measures to be introduced in the Housing and Planning Bill will go further to ensure landlords and agents who repeatedly break the rules will be banned for at least 12 months.

A database of rogue landlords and letting agents will also be available for council staff to access. Civil penalties can be up to £5,000 as the law stands, but the average is £1,500.

Mr Lewis said: “The private rental 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.”

There are 4.4million rented households in England.

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