Agency body Propertymark has backed the government’s commitment to making the rogue landlord and agent database transparent.
Currently the information is only shared by local authorities, meaning tenants, landlords and letting agents aren’t allowed to vet each other.
The government responded to a formal consultation on widening access to its rogue landlords database last week.
Timothy Douglas, head of policy and campaigns at Propertymark, said: “Propertymark has long called for the database of rogue landlords and property agents to be made public so the UK government outlining its intention to do so is a step in the right direction.
“It is good that the UK Government have listened to Propertymark, and we are continuing to scrutinise the proposals to ensure that the plans to also reform the threshold of offences to be entered onto the Database are consistent with all forms of prosecution.”
The UK government have committed to introducing a new Property Portal as set out in the ‘a fairer private rented sector’ White Paper, published in June 2022.
The Property Portal will provide a single ‘front door’ for landlords to understand their responsibilities, provide tenants access to information about their landlord’s compliance, and local councils access to better data to crack down on criminal landlords.
The government plan to bolster this even further by incorporating some of the functionality of the existing database of rogue landlords and property agents.
Propertymark has pushed government to ensure that access to the Database is widened to act as a greater deterrent and ensure potential tenants, current tenants, landlords, letting agents, membership organisations, sector schemes and enforcement bodies know who should and should not be operating.