In a surprise move, the Prime Minister has waded in on the rogue landlord database debate.
The issue that the database was not available for public view was raised following an investigation into the scheme by the Guardian and ITV News (you can read more here: https://www.urban.co.uk/landlord-university/landlo... )
Despite official statements that the list would always be kept private from the public and only shared between local authorities, the Prime Minister made a statement today, via an official spokesman, stating that this was no longer the case:
Our rogue landlord database has only been in place since April and has been warmly welcomed by councils as an important enforcement tool. As we have said, only offences committed from April this year can be included and it can take several months to secure convictions. We are clear that we expect to see entries in the database from the new year. We also intend to make information in the database available to prospective and existing tenants.Official Westminster statement
No time frame was given for the changes, but as the investigation highlighted, there is yet to be one name included on the central database, so there is nothing to see as yet…
This about turn follows the success of the Mayor of London’s rogue landlord checker, which allows details of rogue landlord and letting agent prosecution to be viewed by members of the public for a year after the conviction date.
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