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Tough New Regulations to Tackle Rogue Landlords

Published Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Landlords of multiple-occupation properties in Ribble Valley must now be licensed by the borough council.

And they risk penalties up to £30,000 if they let sub-standard or overcrowded homes.

The Government has ramped up regulations protecting housing tenants from rogue landlords and poor living conditions.

Now landlords who let properties to five or more people on two or more storeys must be licensed.

The regulations, called HMO: Houses in Multiple Occupation, mean councils will be able to take swift action against landlords who let sub-standard properties.

The regulations also set minimum size requirements for bedrooms and require landlords to ensure multiple-occupation properties adhere to council refuse collection schemes.

Heather Barton, Ribble Valley Borough Council’s head of environmental health, said: “Everyone deserves a decent place to live and the new regulations will protect private renters against overcrowded properties that are poorly managed.

“Although most rented property in Ribble Valley is well-managed, the council has a statutory duty to enforce relevant housing legislation and we will be amending our constitution to enable us to take swift action if the regulations are breached.”

The new regulations give local authorities the power to issue penalties of up to £30,000 and ban ‘rogue landlords’ from letting properties.

Ribble Valley Borough Council’s health and housing committee has agreed to back the new regulations, which come into force on 1 October.

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