About time… Government consults on plans to ban landlords who ignore fire regs

The Department for Communities and Local Government are proposing a ban for landlords who commit serious offences.  With a consultation opening in Feb 2017.

This comes after a year of reporting landlord prosecutions and convictions for those not taking the regulations seriously, unfortunately some resulting in fatalities.

Launching the consultation, Housing Minister Gavin Barwell said, “Banning orders will allow us to drive out the worst offenders and help make sure millions of hard-working private tenants across the country are protected from exploitation.

“While the vast majority of landlords are responsible we are determined to tackle the minority who abuse and exploit vulnerable people.”

He continued: “As part of the government’s commitment to improving standards within the private rented sector, banning orders will protect tenants and target the small minority of poor landlords and property agents. They will also help local authorities to take robust and effective action against rogues who knowingly rent out unsafe and substandard accommodation.”

Plans discussed include subjecting landlords to bans from one year to life and or subjecting them to management order by the local authority, which allows the council to rent out the property instead.

This is a welcomed move and we look forward to hearing the outcomes.  You can read and respond to the consultation Click here

If you have any queries about your compliance with regulations, call in the expert team on 01582 668500