Government plans crackdown on buy-to-let ‘rogue landlords’

The government is planning a wide-ranging attack on what it deems ‘rogue landlords’, it has been announced.

Housing minister Gavin Barwell outlined a new scheme that could see unscrupulous landlords placed on a register and banned from letting property for life.

What could see landlords banned from letting?

Infractions that could see landlords placed on the register include failing to carry out work the council deems necessary on health and safety grounds, or illegally evicting tenants.

Other grounds for a ban include renting out a property to an illegal immigrant, in a continuation of the government’s controversial Right To Rent scheme.

The latest change for buy-to-let

The news comes soon after new tax rules that saw a three per cent hike in stamp duty for buy-to-let properties. Meanwhile the Bank of England has said that it will intervene in the buy-to-let lending market, with loans set to be further restricted based on the value of the property and on potential rental income.

Announcing the plan, Barwell said: “Banning orders will allow us to drive out the worst offenders and make sure that millions of hard-working private tenants across the country are protected from exploitation.

“Banning orders will force the most serious and prolific offenders to either drastically improve the standard of accommodation they rent out, or to leave the sector entirely, with a minimum ban lasting 12 months and no upper limit for a maximum ban.

“While the vast majority of landlords are responsible, we are determined to tackle the minority who abuse and exploit vulnerable people.”

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