The Government is poised to introduce tough new laws for landlords this week – with fines of up to £30,000 for those who break the rules.
Housing minister Brandon Lewis told The Sun newspaper that the Government will announce a package of measures to drive out rogue property owners and agents.
The new rules mean local councils will be able to issue a new civil penalty notice on offenders to provide an instant deterrent for “criminal” operators.
Fines will be increased for landlords who fail to take action on overcrowding, hazardous conditions, poor sanitation, electrical faults, damp and vermin infestation.
Measures to be introduced in the Housing and Planning Bill also mean landlords and agents who repeatedly break the rules will be banned from operating in the private rented sector.
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.
Lewis told The Sun: “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.”