‘Rogue landlord’ register hardly used

After more than four years in operation, only 56 private landlords and letting agents have made it to government ‘rogue landlord’ register, London’s Metro newspaper has reported.

It came up with this after submitting a freedom of Information request to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

Since its inception in 2018, only 23 out of England’s 333 local authorities have submitted entries to the register. ‘To date, 99 offences – an average of just 25 a year – have been recorded’, said Meto reporter Sarah Davidson.

Among local authorities with the highest number of registered criminal landlords were Camden, with five, Liverpool City, with four, Salford City, with three, and Telford and Wrekin, also with three.

Local authorities have some discretion when choosing whether or not to submit entries to the registry but are required to report landlords and letting agents given banning orders.

Introduced by Housing and Planning Act 2016, it is only local authorities that can access the register.

At the time Minister for Housing and Homelessness Heather Wheeler said it would enable councils to crack down on poor and unfair practice in the private rented sector.

‘The department will be able to use the database to publish regular updates on the number of landlords and agents who have been banned, convicted of a banning order offence or received two or more civil penalties, broken down by local authority area’.
It took the Metro a freedom of Information request to access the information.