Rogue landlords to face £30,000 fines

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis will give councils authority to fine property owners and agents up to £30,000 for failing to tackle overcrowding and hazardous conditions in their buildings. 

Landlords who repeatedly break the law could also be banned for a minimum of 12 months. Councils will also be given access to a national database containing information on known rogue property owners. 

Lewis said: “The private rental sector is still afflicted by too many rogues, who rent dangerous, dirty and overcrowded properties without a thought for the welfare of their tenants. We are determined to crack down.”

The new measures, which will be included in the Housing and Planning Bill, come after the Local Government Association (LGA) condemned the current legislation for dealing with problematic landlords as ‘unfit for purpose’.

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