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Civil Penalty Notices for Landlords

Posted on March 24th, 2017

From 6th April 2017, Landlords can be issued with civil penalty notices for housing breaches.


Local authorities can fine up to £30,000.00 for a range of offences. These offences include;

– Failing to comply with improvement notices served by the council

– Breaches of HMO Licencing

– HMO management

– Selective licencing

– Overcrowding

Landlords will be given notice of intent to serve a penalty and 28 days to make representation. The council then decide on whether a penalty will be imposed. The Landlord is given a further 28 days to either appeal to the first tier tribunal or pay.

Rent Repayment Orders have also been extended from 6th April 2017. These allow a tenant or a Local Authority to reclaim rent or housing benefit where a Landlord has rented out an unlicensed property such as a HMO.

All of the steps above are designed to tackle criminal Landlords.

In October 2017, banning orders will be introduced which could bar Landlords from letting or managing properties.

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