Housing and Planning Act 2016

Understanding the law

The Housing and Planning Act 2016 is an important piece of legislation that all landlords and letting agents need to be aware of.

Navigating through the legislation and all the regulations is never an easy task so we have compiled this simple information resource that you can refer to as often as you like.

It is not an exhaustive list but we think we’ve covered the main issues relating to the regulation of private rented homes in England.

Housing and Planning Act 2016
There are 200+ pages covering a wealth of topics including a national database of rogue landlords, landlord and agent banning orders, new civil penalties, changes to rent repayment orders and giving councils access to tenancy deposit scheme data. It also gives the government to power to implement changes to electrical safety standards and make client money protection a mandatory requirement for letting agents.

The Housing and Planning Act 2016 (Commencement No. 5, Transitional Provisions and Savings) Regulations 2017
These regulations enable local authorities to implement new rent repayment order and civil penalty notice procedures from 6 April 2017. They also enable local authorities to ask for certain information from the tenancy deposit protection schemes. 

The Rent Repayment Orders and Financial Penalties (Amounts Recovered) (England) Regulations 2017
These regulations enable local authorities in England to keep any money paid to them under a rent repayment order or civil penalty notice and use it to fund their housing enforcement activity. 

Rent Repayment Orders under the Housing and Planning Act 2016 – DCLG Guidance for Local Housing Authorities, April 2017 
This is the statutory guidance that local authorities must follow when considering whether to apply for a rent repayment order. These powers are now available to deal with a much wider range of issues (read here

Civil Penalties under the Housing and Planning Act 2016 – DCLG Guidance for Local Housing Authorities, April 2017
This is the statutory guidance that local authorities must follow when considering whether to impose a civil penalty of up to £30,000 for certain housing offences. 

Obtaining and using Tenancy Deposit Information – DCLG Explanatory Booklet for Local Housing Authorities, April 2017 
This guidance explains the process whereby local authorities can request certain information from the tenancy deposit protection schemes. This includes the address of the rented property, the address of the landlord and agent and the number of deposits held. This provision came into force on 6 April 2017. 

You can also view copies of the DCLG guidance on the links below.

If you need further advice and guidance on any of these issues, please drop us a line to see if we can help.

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