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MP’s to debate legislations in Housing and Planning Bill

Ryan - January 4, 2016

Tomorrow sees the Housing and Planning Bill return to the House of Commons, with the final proposals of the legislation due to be debated following the Christmas Parliamentary recess.

Before the break, the committee assigned to the Bill concluded its analysis of the features contained in the proposed legislation and tomorrow, all of the MP’s in the Commons will continue to discuss the changes.

Proposals

In the week before Christmas, the Sun newspaper suggested that the proposals up for debate include:

  • fines of up to £30,000 for landlords who let dirty or unsafe homes, targeting those who provide facilities with hazardous conditions, electrical problems, damp and infestation
  • councils’ ability to serve penalty notices on offenders
  • barring of agents and landlords that are thought to be serial offenders
  • a creation of a database of rogue landlords and agents, which will be accessible by all local councils and authorities
MP's to debate legislations in Housing and Planning Bill

MP’s to debate legislations in Housing and Planning Bill

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis told the Sun that, ‘the private rental sector is still afflicted by too many rogues who rent dangerous, dirty and overcrowded properties without a thought for the welfare of their tenants.’[1]

‘We are determined to crack down,’ he added.[1]

 

[1] https://www.lettingagenttoday.co.uk/breaking-news/2016/1/mps-this-week-debate-30k-fines-and-bans-for-rogue-agents-landlords