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Milton Keynes Council has agreed to implement a new ‘get tough’ approach to the buy to let sector in the area.
The council plans to use banning orders and issue fines of up to £30,000 for any landlords who breach a banning order.
Cabinet member for adult social care and housing, Councillor Nigel Long, said: ‘We have a problem with some private landlords in Milton Keynes. I believe that the Council should use new measures available under the law to tackle these rogue landlords. They own some of worst maintained homes in Milton Keynes and are a major cause of homelessness locally.’
Milton Keynes Council has pledged to take action where landlords poorly operate HMOs and when they fail to comply with improvement notices. It has also vowed to tackle overcrowded properties and aims to dispose of property prohibited for sale.
The new banning orders will be utilised, which will be backed up by fines. This will enable the council to take action more quickly than the current court based prosecution methods. These measures aim to impact landlords financially.
The Housing and Planning Act 2016 will allow Milton Keynes Housing to implement Banning Orders which the council impose on the worst landlords. Banning Orders prevent a particular landlord or letting agent from continuing to operate after they have committed certain housing offences.
Banning Orders will provide grounds for the making of a management order under s101 of the Housing Act 2004. These permit local authorities to take over the management and letting of the property in question. They are then able to keep the receipts of rent generated by lettings.
The breach of a banning order can lead to fines of up to £30,000
Councillor Long added: ‘We are committed to using the new powers of banning orders and fines to tackle rogue landlords and letting agents. We want to work with good private landlords but are committed to dealing with the bad ones who have no place in our new city.’