Tackling “rogue landlords”?
A number of new or amended regulations in relation to the Private Rented Sector have come into force on April 6th.
1) Rent Repayment Orders
Rent Repayment Orders (RROs) were introduced by the 2004 Housing Act in response to situations where the landlord of a property had failed to obtain a license for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) which were subject to a mandatory license; and offences in relation to conditions of the license. The 2016 Housing and Planning Act has extended RROs to cover a wider range of offences. These are
Failure to comply with an Improvement Notice (to rectify a health or safety hazard);
Failure to comply with a Prohibition Order (prohibiting use of the premises or part of it);
Breach of a banning order (where a landlord is banned from letting housing, engaging in letting agency work, or any property management work);
Using violence to gain entry to the property;
Illegal eviction or harassment of the occupants.
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