The new blacklist of rogue agents and landlords, introduced as part of the Housing and Planning Bill, will go a long way towards improving standards in the letting industry in England, according to PayProp.
The list, which came into play at the start of this month, gives local authorities powers to ban consistently bad landlords and agents, and impose civil penalties, as well as publish their names in a blacklist available to central and local government.
“It’s been a long time in the making, but we hope that this new development will help local authorities keep track of those acting unlawfully in the private rented sector,” said Neil Cobbold, chief operating officer of PayProp in the UK.
“Provided there are the resources available to manage and maintain the database, it could prove a valuable tool in protecting tenants from sub-standard rental accommodation and criminal operators,” he added.
However, the decision to keep database private and only accessible to the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and local authorities remains controversial, and has been criticised by several trade bodies.
But while some people believe that the information should be made widely public, others argue that it should also include rogue tenants.