Blacklist of Bad Landlords to be Published

An official blacklist of bad landlords and letting agents will be introduced by the government from October 1.

The database will cover property people who are convicted of housing offences in England.

These are mainly aimed at landlords with houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) who are found guilty of running a home without a licence and safety offences.

The timetable for the blacklist was revealed by Under Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government Lord Bourne in response to a written question in the Lords from Baroness Grender, who asked whether letting agents would be blacklisted for charging fees.

She is sponsoring the Renters Rights Bill that proposed the letting agent fee ban before the details were announced by Chancellor Philip Hammond in his Autumn Statement 2016.

Bourne told her that the government is still considering which offences to criminalise for recording on the black list.

He added a consultation would start within a few weeks over which offences would be included on the database blacklist.

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