Rent Repayment Orders

Guidance on how rent repayment orders operate in practice

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Course Overview

Rent repayment orders are a means by which a tenant or local authority can seek to have up to 12 months of rent, housing benefit or universal credit repaid.

The Housing Act 2004 introduced rent repayment orders to cover situations where the landlord of a property had failed to obtain a licence for a property that was required to be licensed, specifically offences in relation to licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (section 72(1)) and offences in relation to licensing of houses under Part 3 of the Act (section 95(1)).

The Housing & Planning Act 2016 introduced a range of measures to crack down on rogue landlords including extension of rent repayment orders to cover illegal eviction, breach of a banning order and certain other specified offences (coming into force on 6 April 2017).

When extended rent repayment orders were introduced through the Housing and Planning Act 2016, Ministers made clear that they expected this power to be used robustly as a way of clamping down on rogue landlords.

Ideal for landlord and tenant practitioners of all levels, this session, delivered by barrister Rachel Coyle of The 36 Group, will consider the following:
Who can apply and make the rent replacement order?
What are the restrictions?
What are the offences?
How is it calculated?
How to apply - Tenants / Local Authority

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar and review the reference notes and optional evaluation form to test your legal knowledge.
  • This course provides 0.5 CPD points

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will have a greater understanding of how rent repayment orders work in practice including who can apply and the process which must be followed

What is the target audience?

  • This course is suitable for landlord and tenant practitioners of all levels


About Instructor - Rachel Coyle

Rachel is a specialist Civil Barrister at The 36 Group and enjoys a thriving practice in general civil and commercial work.

Rachel has been praised for her tenacity, determination and sound, thorough legal knowledge by clients, judges and opponents. She is committed to providing practical advice in a timely manner and pays attention to detail in complex factual and legal matters. Rachel has been described by clients as courteous, very personable and approachable.

Before coming to the Bar and joining 36 Civil, Rachel worked as a Legal and Finance Associate at Seneca Banking Consultants dealing primarily with claims against banks in the pre-litigation stage that engaged in the sale of Interest Rate Hedging products, Fixed Rate Tailored Business Loans, GRGs, Annuities and Currency Swaps. Rachel handled a case load of over 150 clients including premiership footballers, hoteliers, accountants, private residential and commercial landlords, private student halls of residence companies, private hospitals, farmers, car dealerships and private individuals.

Rachel is also direct access qualified.

Course Curriculum

Recorded Webinar

  • Webinar

Supporting Documentation

  • Notes
    6 Page
  • Slides
    10 Page
  • Evaluation
    1 Page


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