This is an interesting consultation that says it seeks to find ways of more effectively targeting criminal landlords whilst not necessarily affecting good landlords. We would all support that if it can be made to work. They discuss the dismally low level of fines from the courts and ask what can be done, including suggesting that Rent Repayment Orders (currently only available for not having a licence for a licensable HMO) might be extended to other situations including illegal evictions and extreme property disrepair cases.
This is a great consultation for landlords and agent to reply to supporting the principle of tougher enforcement on the criminal offenders whilst not catching the good landlords and to throw in some good old practical experience. The consultation can be found here: