3 Years Running: Buy-To-Let Legal Services Award Winner

Get Help Fast

The only eviction specialists authorised by the SRA.

Fast help for landlords and agents.

Eviction/Possession. Act Fast.

Unsure about eviction?

No tenancy agreement?
Deposit not protected?
Property is sub-let?
We can help.

Rent debt recovery services

Tenant gone?
6 years to recover rent debt

We look for your ex-tenants.
We apply for court orders.
We help enforce them.
More info ...

Landlord Action calls for a Rogue Tenant List

From our blog

The Housing and Planning Bill is currently making its way through Parliament following a Government consultation on ‘Tackling rogue landlords and improving the private rental sector’. They are proposing a blacklist of persistent rogue landlords and letting agents. In response, Paul Shamplina, Founder of Landlord Action, is calling for a blacklist of persistent rogue tenants to be made public.

Some of the consultation’s key discussion points in tackling the worst offenders within the private rental sector include, introducing banning orders and civil penalties of up for £5,000 for rogue landlords, speeding up repossessions of abandoned properties and producing a rogue landlord/letting agent blacklist. It is currently suggested the blacklist of rogue landlords and agents would be available to local authorities and central Government, enabling them to keep track of those who had committed offences.

Paul Shamplina, who was part of this consultation, is calling for the Government to show greater equality and more openness. He argues that if there is going to be a list of rogue landlords and letting agents then it should also include agents that have multiple money judgements against them by landlords for non-payment of rent. Mr Shamplina believes that all associations and redress schemes within the PRS should also put their banned members on this list. He thinks that the list should include rogue tenants and, most importantly, all the information should be made public.

He explains “We are constantly hearing about ‘rogue landlords and agents’. But to address issues in the private rental sector, we should also consider ‘rogue tenants’. Last year there were 161,000 possession claims issued in England and Wales. At present, there is no central database where possession orders with money claims are registered, as the courts do not recognise possession claims with arrears as a County Court Judgement.  If they did, this information would show up on tenant referencing. At present, a rogue tenant can move from property to property running up rent arrears and it does not show up on referencing unless the landlord goes to additional expense of trying to enforce the money order. If we are to protect landlords at pre-let stage, in the same way we wish to protect tenants, this should also be made available.”

Mr Shamplina continues “The Government is clearly committed to improving standards in the PRS.  One of the greatest challenges is finding a balance between supporting good landlords and agents, whilst cracking down on criminal activity without burdening the sector with unnecessary, expensive regulation. I believe that one of the best ways to do this is by giving the consumer (landlords and tenants) access to information. Allowing them to have freedom of choice about who they rent from.”

92% of respondents to the Government survey are agreement that there should be a blacklist of persistent rogue landlords and letting agents. Mr Shamplina says making the information available to the wider public would support those reputable landlords and agents and act as an effective deterrent.
 

Since 1999 we have acted in over 32,000 Instructions  30/06/15

Landlord Action in the Media

Seen us on TV?

Seen the Ch5 series about us? Heard our founder on Radio4 Moneybox, Radio2 with Jeremy Vine, BBC News and LBC. Paul Shamplina is the No1 UK eviction expert and is often featured on TV, radio and in the press.

Newspaper header

The Times, The FT, Daily Mail, Independent, Property Investor News, Sunday Times and more. See what they said about us here →

Just to say that I am very satisfied with the support and advice I received from Landlord Action and will certainly pass on the recommendation .

Landlord Nicoletta -