The government have today confirmed that new measures to crack down on rogue landlords will come into force on 6 April 2017.
The new measures include powers to prosecute and impose significant fines or issue civil notices with penalties of up to £30,000.
ARLA Propertymark has long called for greater enforcement activity in order to end poor housing provision. The new measures will effectively mean that income raised from these penalties will be ring-fenced for further enforcement activity. The responsibility now falls to local authorities to use the tools at their disposal to raise standards.
Local Authorities will also be able to receive details from deposit protection schemes to build a picture of the rental market in their area. We hope this will reduce the number of local authority licensing schemes, which are seen by many as having have been brought in to try to map the private rented sector within their locality.
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Source: ARLA Propertymark (March 2017)