A post on Generation Rent by Alex Hilton explains an easy way to implement a National Register of Landlords.
The national register is simple, and it would be used by local authority housing enforcement teams.
- All tenancies are required to be registered.
- Local enforcement teams log their landlord enforcement actions.
- The system automatically alerts any authority where that “dodgy” landlord has registered a tenancy of a list of properties in that authority where that landlord operates.
- Authorities prioritise this list for inspection.
- Authorities compile a list of properties where no one is registered to vote or where there are council tax arrears and deletes from the list all known social tenured homes.
- Authorities delete from the list all registered private tenancies.
- Authorities prioritise this list for inspection as they are highly likely to be unregistered private tenancies.
Due to the implementation of a blanket licensing scheme in Newham, that authority has been able to focus its enforcement resources using the information detailed above. Furthermore, they are recouping an estimated £1.3 million in previously unpaid Council Tax.