16th March 2017 | Posted in: News

Housing and Planning Act 2016 – measures affecting PRS

The regulations introducing civil penalties and extending the grounds for rent repayment orders have now been laid and will come into force on 6 April. These new laws give local authorities new powers to deal with private landlords who infringe housing standards. Guidance for local authorities on their new powers will be published next week, and the related commencement order is online. We are told that the other measures from the 2016 Act, such as the database of rogue landlords/property agents and banning orders, will come into force on 1 October.

The Commencement Order is now on the CRLA Website together with a link to the Link to Housing and Planning Act 2016 The Rent Repayment Orders and Financial Penalties (Amounts Recovered) (England) Regulations 2017