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New banning orders will ensure tenants live in ‘safe and good quality’ homes

Unscrupulous landlords who rent out substandard properties face being driven out of the private rented sector as new banning orders are introduced and a national database of rogue landlords and letting agents goes live today.

Landlords convicted of a range of housing and immigration offences will be put on the new database, so councils can share information between themselves and keep a closer eye on those with a poor track record.

Landlords who are found to guilty of other offences such as leasing overcrowded properties, fire and gas safety offences and unlawful eviction will also be added to the new list.

Heather Wheeler, minister for Housing and Homelessness, said: “I am committed to making sure people who are renting are living in safe and good quality properties. That’s why we’re cracking down on the small minority of landlords that are renting out unsafe and substandard accommodation.

“Landlords should be in no doubt that they must provide decent homes or face the consequences.”

The private rented sector houses 4.7 million households in England and the government is delivering these reforms under the Housing and Planning Act 2016 so everyone has a safe and decent place to live.

But while the database will be available to use by councils to crackdown on poor and unfair practice in the PRS such as overcrowded, squalid or dangerous accommodation, and to help target enforcement action, a leading trade body believes that the new database will prove to be a ‘pointless exercise’.

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    just like the landlord of the disgusting and dangerous hmo on last night's program. bad tenants? if 10% of landlords are bad, then 20% of tenants are worse, but we don't get any help there do we?

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    Agreed, whilst it's important that the worst landlords are prevented from letting/managing property, tenants who trash property and disappear thousands of pounds in arrears also need to be held to account.
    I very much doubt there'll be any government assistance in creating a bad tenant database, perhaps this is something the main landlords (RLA, NLA, etc.) bodies can pitch in and work on.

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    always chse arrears all the way--ccjs are effectively our bad tenant register

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    i agree terry i issue county court proceedings every time, 1) there is the satisfaction in knowing i have screwed their credit rating up, and 2) sometimes they come into money within 6 yrs, so there is always a chance, i had a guy open a pub up, flashed all over the local paper, i got my money after 4yrs.

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    well done

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    Tenant database is long overdue but government will have no interest in helping landlords in this way or any other way ..

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