In addition to the regulations which applied to the rogue landlord in Sheffield, new provisions are now to be implemented under the Housing and Planning Act 2016 which received Royal Assent on 12 May 2016.
The Act introduces a range of planning and housing reforms. These include changes providing that:
·Rogue landlords and letting agents may be subject to banning orders and their details entered into a local authority database.
·Landlords can recover abandoned premises without a court order provided that they serve various warning notices.
·Local authorities can access tenancy deposit information. This will enable them to take enforcement action where a property is unlawfully let as a house in multiple occupation.
·The Secretary of State has power to make regulations imposing duties on a private landlord of residential premises in England to ensure that electrical safety standards are met.
·The Secretary of State has power to make regulations requiring property agents to be a member of a client money protection scheme.
The provisions come into force on various different dates and we will try to keep you up-to-date about their implementation.
“Everything was fine until I wanted to leave. He started asking for extra rent – two months extra. He said it was summer and he wouldn’t be able to get a new tenant. When I wouldn’t pay he started shouting, saying the house was in a bad condition. He was making any excuse for me to pay. “He started throwing my books about and ripping the bed sheets off. I asked what he was doing because a few days ago everything was fine. He grabbed me and pushed me out of the property and threatened I’d never see my possessions again if I called the police.”