Local authorities have a range of new powers to crack down on landlords who break the rules, including imposing fines of up to £30,000 in some situations.
The Housing and Planning Act 2016 gives councils the power to impose fines of up to £30,000 as an alternative to prosecution for a range of housing offences. In addition, the use of rent repayment orders, which are issued to penalise landlords who manage or let unlicensed properties, has been extended to cover more situations. These include illegal evictions and the harassment of the occupiers of a property, using violence to secure entry and breaching a banning order.
Councils have also been given access to tenancy deposit protection data, which will help them identify rental properties in their area.
The government is consulting on another new rule which would see letting agents’ fees to tenants banned. This would give renters more transparency and control over what they pay.
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