Whats changing in 2017

The Housing and Planning Act 2016

The Housing and Planning Act 2016 has introduced a range of enforcement measures:

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  • Civil penalties of up to £30,000 as an alternative to prosecution for certain specified offences (came into force on 6 April 2017)
  • Extension of rent repayment orders to cover illegal eviction, breach of a banning order and certain other specified offences (came into force on 6 April 2017)
  • Database of rogue landlords and property agents convicted of certain offences (scheduled to come into force on 1 October 2017)
  • Banning orders for the most serious and prolific offenders (scheduled to come into force on 1 October 2017).

The Council has been given the power to access Tenancy Deposit Protection data to help identify rental properties in Cornwall for targeted enforcement and prevention work, and to assist with our housing investigations against the minority of  landlords who continue to flout the rules. 

The data has the potential to give us a valuable insight into the rented sector in Cornwall and the information will help shape our future enforcement strategies.