Friday, 14 September 2018
Earlier this year, new “banning order” legislation came into force, meaning landlords can now be banned from letting housing or acting as an agent (or both) in England.
Offences which can lead to a banning order include (but are not limited to):
- illegally evicting a residential occupier
- providing false or misleading information
- failing to comply with an improvement notice
- failure to comply with a prohibition order
- offences in relation to licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation
- offences in relation to selective licensing under Part 3 of the Housing Act 2004 (section 95)
- contravention of an overcrowding notice
- fire and gas safety offences
The full list of offences that could result in a banning order can be found in the schedule to The Housing and Planning Act 2016 (Banning Order Offences) Regulations 2018.
A banning order lasts at least 12 months, and any landlord convicted will also be placed on the national database of rogue landlords, which can be accessed by all local authorities throughout England.
Whilst we only work with reputable landlords, who would never knowingly commit any offence that would lead to a banning order, we are conscious of the how hard it is to keep track of the huge amount of rules and regulations landlords must abide by.
As part of our Managed service, we perform quarterly inspections on all properties, after which we alert landlords to any compliance issues and what they need to do to resolve them. We also work hard to make sure we are fully up-to-date with any legislation and will alert landlords about any changes to the law that they need to be aware of.
If you’d like to find out more about how our Managed service can help you keep track of everything that’s going in your property, give us a call on 01604 823456 – we’d be delighted to chat through your options with you.