Thursday 25 October 2018
The Guardian has reported the Prime Minister’s spokesman said she intends to make the rogue landlord and letting agent database available to tenants.
ARLA Propertymark has long campaigned for this, repeatedly stating that the database will be completely pointless unless tenants, employers and professional bodies can check against the entries before taking a property, employing an agent or accepting an agent into membership.
The database has been under fire this week amid reports that no individuals have been added, six months after it was established.
David Cox, Chief Executive, ARLA Propertymark comments “Yesterday’s announcement that the database for rogue landlords and letting agents is going to be made available to tenants is a triumph for the industry. Keeping it hidden was a prime example of when the Government didn’t think about the unintended consequences of the policy, which is why we have branded it ‘truly ridiculous’ up until now.
We’re pleased they have finally listened to what the industry has been saying since it was put into the Housing and Planning Bill nearly three years ago. We hope the database will now fulfil the objective of professionalising the sector, which we all wanted it to”
The power was granted under the Housing and Planning Act 2016 and is aimed at protecting tenants and driving out poor landlords and agents who bring down the reputation of the industry.
Local authorities in England must make an entry on the database where a landlord or letting agent has received a Banning Order. Local authorities will then able to place landlords and letting agents. who have committed a Banning Order Offence or have received two or more civil penalties within a 12-month period, on the database for a minimum of two years.
The database of rogue landlords and property agents came into force on 6 April 2018.