A government consultation has proposed that a blacklist should be created for persistent rogue landlords and letting agents. However, Paul Shamplina, Fouder of Landlord Action, is also calling for a blacklist of persistent rogue tenants to be made public.
The government’s discussion points involved introducing banning orders and civil penalties up to £5,000, speeding up repossessions on abandoned properties and producing a blacklist for those offending letting agents and landlords.
An overwhelming 92% of those questioned agreed that there should be a blacklist of persistent rogue letting agents and landlords
It has been suggested that this blacklist would be available to both local authorities and central government, so those committing the offences can be monitored.
Shamplina argues that the blacklist should also include agents that have multiple money judgments against them by landlords for non-payment of rent.
He has also called for more equality and openness from the government, arguing that a blacklist should be created for offending tenants too.
“One of the greatest challenges is finding a balance between supporting good landlords and agents, whilst cracking down on criminal activity,” he commented.