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RLA welcomes plans to fund action against rogue landlords using fines

Plans to use funds raised through tackling criminal landlords to root out others that give the private rented sector a bad name have been welcomed by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA).

New regulations mean that councils can charge criminal landlords fines of up to £30,000 for a range of offences, including breaches of licensing conditions and failing to comply with improvement notices.

The regulations, due to come into force on 6 April, mean councils can use the money raised from these to fund housing enforcement activity.

According to the RLA, licensing is not an “effective way of catching the crooks”, but it welcomed the Government’s decision to back its proposals that the minority of landlords who break the law should pay for enforcement action.

“It is unfair that the majority of landlords providing a good service to their tenants end up paying for action against the minority who have no place in the sector,” said David Smith, the RLA’s policy director. “We therefore welcome these regulations as a sign that the polluter should pay which the RLA has long been calling on the Government to introduce.”

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