Government portal will give details on criminal landlords

Government portal will give details on criminal landlords

8:00 AM, 14th September 2022, About 3 weeks ago 12

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The government has revealed that its property portal will be publicly available for everyone to help drive criminal landlords and agents from the private rental sector.

The response is part of the consultation to reforming its rogue landlord database with news that the recently announced property portal will ensure that local councils, landlords and tenants will be able to access the information they need.

The database of rogue agents and landlords was unveiled in April 2018 but has since failed to deliver in highlighting the number of unscrupulous landlords and estate agents as was predicted.

Since the register was unveiled, it has been mandatory for housing authorities to report when an agent or landlord has received a banning order.

Councils have been able to use discretion

However, poor legislation means that councils have been able to use discretion over whether to add details to the register where the agent or landlord has received two or more civil penalties within a year or has been convicted of a banning order offence.

Now, the government’s new portal will offer a single ‘front door’ for a landlord to understand their responsibilities and for tenants to find out whether their landlord is complying with laws.

The portal will also, the government says, help councils crackdown on criminal landlords.

A spokesperson for the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, said: “As set out in the ‘a fairer private rented sector’ White Paper, we will introduce a new Property Portal to make sure that tenants, landlords and local councils have the information they need.

‘Better data to crack down on criminal landlords’

“The portal will provide a single ‘front door’ for landlords to understand their responsibilities, tenants will be able to access information about their landlord’s compliance, and local councils will have access to better data to crack down on criminal landlords.

“We also intend to incorporate some of the functionality of the Database of Rogue Landlords, mandating the entry of all eligible unspent landlord offences and making them publicly visible.”



Comments

DSR

9:09 AM, 14th September 2022, About 3 weeks ago

Rouge tenants Database too? Also necessary to stop LL's becoming victims themselves.

Parity on both sides!!!

DSR

9:12 AM, 14th September 2022, About 3 weeks ago

"However, poor legislation means that councils have been able to use discretion over whether to add details to the register where the agent or landlord has received two or more civil penalties within a year or has been convicted of a banning order offence."

Why?

Nothing to do with legislation if the database has been available for over 4 years for councils to log on and use.

It is more of a case of the LA's don't want to list the LL's they are still farming tenants out too as a result of lack of accommodation???

Monty Bodkin

11:08 AM, 14th September 2022, About 3 weeks ago

"The database of rogue agents and landlords was unveiled in April 2018 but has since failed to deliver in highlighting the number of unscrupulous landlords and estate agents as was predicted."

Predicted by who?

The multi £Million housing charity industry? Activist lawyers? Jobsworth councils? 'Landlord' associations? Career politicians? Faceless bureaucrats? The anti-every-landlord hangers on?

The vast majority of landlord/tenant relations work very well but there is big money being had by whipping up anti landlord sentiment. Which is ultimately paid for by increased rents for tenants.

Has this stopped even one criminal landlord?

Who has really benefited from the recent wave of useless landlord legislation?

CYRIL STALEY

12:41 PM, 14th September 2022, About 3 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by DSR at 14/09/2022 - 09:09A rogue database should list Agents separate from landlords.
I have a dreadful letting agency that has not done numerous necessary requirements and stonewalls my attempts and complaints aimed at getting things right.
Instead they turn the tables against me and say I should not be looking back at things past and we should part company.
It appears to me that LL's are made liable in law for all errors and ommisions and that no onus is applicable upon the agent who can therefore act with impunity!
CAN AGENTS BE HELD LIABLE or are they able to act improperly, scot-free?

Mick Roberts View Profile

12:55 PM, 14th September 2022, About 3 weeks ago

They've not got a clue.

In Nottingham, u advertise a 3 bed for £850pm, u get 150 calls in a day. The Landlord could be Saddam Hussein-The tenant is taking the house. They have no choice now since Selective Licensing & UC.

Howard Rose

13:40 PM, 14th September 2022, About 3 weeks ago

This is just another example of Landlord bashing. Yes, its right to name and shame the rouges as they get us all a bad name but why can we not have an equal playing field and list the bad tenants?
They take us for thousands and the councils encourage it.
Pretty soon there will be no private landlords there are few incentives left to make it worthwhile!

DSR

13:43 PM, 14th September 2022, About 3 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by CYRIL STALEY at 14/09/2022 - 12:41
totally agree

DSR

13:50 PM, 14th September 2022, About 3 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Mick Roberts at 14/09/2022 - 12:55the issue is if the LL is a rogue then yes he will accept any tenant and not bothered about proper checks etc. Any probs with tenant not paying Big Bob steps in and tenant is gone...
A good LL has to go though that list of 150 tenants to determine who is most viable to be able to afford it in the first place. Not easy when everyone is desperate AND you know many tenants will fail the checks. Of those that looks squeaky clean on paper (ie no CCJs etc) you have to take that with a pinch of salt too - previous LL's may have cut an run on losses made and not chosen to pursue a tenant for debt....so a CCJ etc will not even be logged.
Having 150 people chomping at the bit is not always a positive....desperation brings out the worst in people not the best and knowing they can get a house is key - not paying for it after, especially when they know it is going to take ages to get them out.

Monty Bodkin

16:06 PM, 14th September 2022, About 3 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Mick Roberts at 14/09/2022 - 12:55
I thought you might have been exaggerating a bit Mick so I checked on Rightmove.

Less than 20 properties for £850 with 3 beds available to rent, all of them recently added. That is shocking for a city that size.

I'm sure a few years ago it was in the hundreds available.

Out of interest, I looked up the same for Leicester (which has a slightly smaller population) and there were over 50 properties available which is pretty bad but a lot better than Nottingham.

An obvious reason for this might be Nottingham has blanket citywide landlord licensing, Leicester doesn't.

I've now sold up in Nottingham, landlord licensing was a major reason.

Mick Roberts View Profile

8:07 AM, 15th September 2022, About 3 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by DSR at 14/09/2022 - 13:50
Yes the 150 people was not a positive in terms of quality, there was lots of bad ones in there. But also Doctors & Consultants on 90k a year.

Yes we've all had many desperate tenants over the years, say anything to get in there. I'm getting much more now too. I'm saying u cannot afford this 3 bed I've got coming up, u struggle paying the £595 I'm charging u for the 2 bed. How u gonna pay £850? They say we want it, we will do it, when we know we'd be setting them up to fail. I like to get the right people in for the right house knowing they can afford it & I can then forgot about 'em for 10-20 years.

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