Guidance on how rent repayment orders operate in practice
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
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