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Banning orders – how do they work?

Christi Scarborough looks at new powers available from 6 April 2018, and the circumstances under which private landlords or letting and management agents might end up subject to an order.

News headlines

May 08, 2018

Security guard did not have authority to accept informations: Admin Court

A sub-contracted court security officer at a magistrates’ court was not a court officer with implied authority to accept informations that a borough council was endeavouring to serve, the Administrative Court has ruled.
Apr 25, 2018

Select committee calls for councils to have wider housing enforcement powers

MPs have backed wider and more widely used housing enforcement powers for councils and further protections for tenants from retaliatory eviction, rent increases and harassment.
Apr 18, 2018

Landlord fails in appeal to tribunal over £2k fine for defective smoke alarm

The First-tier Tribunal (General Regulatory Chamber) has rejected a landlord’s appeal over a £2,000 fine imposed by a council for a defective smoke alarm at a flat he owned.
Apr 06, 2018

National database of rogue landlords goes live

A national database of landlords convicted of a range of housing, immigration and other criminal offences such as leasing overcrowded properties, fire and gas safety offences and unlawful eviction, has gone live.
Mar 14, 2018

New value for money standard brought in for private providers of social housing

A new value for money standard and supporting code of practice will be applied to all private registered providers of social housing from 1 April, the Regulator of Social Housing has said.

Features and analysis

Selective licensing and conditions

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Jonathan Manning analyses an important Court of Appeal ruling on selective licensing and the power of local authorities to impose conditions.

Selective licensing and company directors

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Alice Richardson examines a case where the director of a property management company fined for a failure to license a property, was prosecuted personally.

Direct action: natural justice

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James Goudie QC examines a recent Planning Court challenge to a council's decision to take direct action under s.178(1) TCPA in order to demolish the claimants' dwelling house.

Enforcement and certificates of lawfulness

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Phillip Hopkins examines some conundrums created by the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 in relation to planning applications, enforcement notices and certificates of lawfulness of existing use or development.

Older articles

Jan 30, 2018

Borough council secures £70,000 fine for HMO offences

Luton Borough Council has secured its largest ever fine - £70,000 – for breaches of the law regarding houses in multiple occupation (HMO).
Jan 19, 2018

Selective licensing and company directors

Alice Richardson examines a case where the director of a property management company fined for a failure to license a property, was prosecuted personally.
Jan 02, 2018

Rules on properties requiring HMO licence to be strengthened from April

Landlords renting properties in England occupied by five or more people, from two or more separate households, will need to hold a house of multiple occupation (HMO) licence from April 2018, Housing Minister Alok Sharma has announced.
Dec 13, 2017

Estate agents fined £35k over failure to provide safety information on HMO

Estate agent Foxtons has been fined £35,000 following action against it by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
Dec 04, 2017

DCLG in call for evidence on local authority licensing of park homes

The Department for Communities and Local Government has launched a call for evidence on how effective local authority licensing of park homes has been.
Oct 27, 2017

Direct action: natural justice

James Goudie QC examines a recent Planning Court challenge to a council's decision to take direct action under s.178(1) TCPA in order to demolish the claimants' dwelling house.
Oct 24, 2017

CLG Committee to review local authority powers to tackle rogue landlords

The Communities and Local Government Committee has launched a probe into whether councils have tough enough powers to tackle rogue landlords.
Oct 23, 2017

Council defeats appeal over HMOs, business premises and number of storeys

A business premises situated below a house in multiple occupation (HMO) will count towards the number of qualifying storeys, a High Court judge has ruled.
Oct 13, 2017

Enforcement and certificates of lawfulness

Phillip Hopkins examines some conundrums created by the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 in relation to planning applications, enforcement notices and certificates of lawfulness of existing use or development.
Oct 11, 2017

Housing watchdog to set up £1m panel for regulatory legal services

The Homes and Communities Agency has announced plans for a £1m framework agreement for the provision of regulatory advice.
Oct 11, 2017

City council takes Houses in Multiple Occupation case to Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has granted Nottingham City Council permission to appeal after the Court of Appeal rejected the authority’s challenge to terms in Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licences restricting the occupation of bedrooms to a particular…
Oct 05, 2017

Fining property manager £5k “completely disproportionate”: tribunal judge

A council’s imposition of a £5,000 fine on a property management business for failing to be a member of a redress scheme for three weeks was “unreasonable in the circumstances and completely disproportionate”, a tribunal judge has said.
Aug 18, 2017

Lettings agency to pay £20k-plus after prosecution over sham licences

A lettings agency has been ordered to pay more than £20,000 in fines, compensation and costs after issuing ‘sham licences’ to renters and using a letting agency association logo when it was not a member, in what is thought to be the first…
Aug 17, 2017

Unlawful sub-letting and the abuse of social housing

A High Court judge has overturned a suspended possession order and given unprecedented guidance on unlawful profits orders. Dean Underwood and Liam Wells explain the ruling.
Jul 12, 2017

Landlord who delegated to husband loses appeal in enforcement notice case

A landlord has failed in an appeal against a claim by the London Borough of Newham that she ignored enforcement notices related to her property, having argued that she had delegated all responsibility for the property concerned to her husband.
Jul 11, 2017

Law Society fear over lower regulatory enforcement threshold for Welsh RSLs

A Welsh Government proposal to lower the threshold for regulatory enforcement from misconduct and mismanagement to breach of any statutory duty could expose registered social landlords (RSLs) in Wales to disproportionate enforcement actions, the Law…
Jun 19, 2017

Landlords ordered to pay £3k in costs after unreasonable behaviour in appeal

The London Borough of Islington has secured a £3,000-plus costs order in its favour after a judge found that landlords had “behaved unreasonably in bringing an appeal which they never intended to pursue properly and never did pursue properly”.
Jun 16, 2017

PM orders public inquiry into Grenfell Tower disaster as death toll rises

The Prime Minister has ordered a full public inquiry into the fire at Grenfell Tower in London, which has seen 30 people confirmed to have died and dozens more reported missing.
Jun 09, 2017

Eradicating hazards

The Court of Appeal has considered who should be served with improvement notices and what should be contained in them. Michael Paget examines its guidance.
Jun 01, 2017

Landlord first to be prosecuted for failure to be licensed with Rent Smart Wales

A Newport landlord has become the first landlord in Wales to be prosecuted for failing to become licensed with Rent Smart Wales.

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