Councils using ‘Intelligence’ to track down low EPC properties and fine £5,00015:08 PM, 29th March 2021
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It has been revealed by the Guardian and ITV News that the hidden government database of registered ‘banned landlords’ has remained empty. This was verified by independent means after two FOI requests got the response that the database contents should remain a secret and the reason they should remain a secret is a secret. Click here to see the full article as it all sounds very “Yes Minister”.
ARLA chief executive, David Cox, said: “This is a truly ridiculous piece of legislation. There are no legal reasons for this database being kept secret. How on earth is a tenant supposed to know if a landlord has been banned? Also, professional bodies like ours may inadvertently endorse a banned landlord or letting agent by accepting them as a member.”
The government had previously estimated that there were 10,500 considered ‘rogue landlords’ operating in England and that at least 600 of the worst would be added on to the database.
The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) confirmed there had not been time for councils to convict rogue landlords of the offences that could result in their names being entered on the database, but they would start to be added next year.
They also confirmed they were now investigating further options for making information contained with the database available to prospective and existing tenants.
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