The rogue landlord database promised in the Housing and Planning Act 2016, initially expected to appear last October, is to commence 6 April 2018.

The list, which will only be available to the central Government and local authorities, will include those with relevant criminal convictions (such as stalking, harassment, blackmail, theft, burglary and handling stolen goods) and those who have been issued with banning orders for a range of offences.

The database will be available to central government and local authorities and will list landlords and agents with criminal convictions and those subject to banning orders.

The database will not be available for the general public for any reason.

Landlords and agents on the database will be able to continue operating unless they are the subject of a banning order.