Tenants tackling RRO's head on

According to a recent Freedom of Information Act, it is not local authorities that have been heavy handed with the applications for rent repayment orders against landlords in the first year of the scheme, but tenants.

The information, made available by a Freedom of Information requested put into place by Property Industry Eye, revealed that since tenants were given the power to initiate RROs back in April 2017, allowing them to recoup up to 12 months of rent from the landlord, there ha been 48 applications from tenants.

This is in contrast to only 14 applications from local authorities.

Of the 48 applications, only 13 were met with approval, with them main reason for a ticked box being that landlords had failed to comply with a prohibition order, or concerning an unlicensed HMO.

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