A Freedom of Information request by The Guardian newspaper has produced the startling admission from government that not even one landlord has been issued with a banning order in the first year the measure was in existence.

Last April the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government said landlords convicted of a range of housing, immigration and other criminal offences risked being banned.

In addition, they would be put on a new database of rogue operators: some agents were also at risk of being put on this database, it was said at the time.

However, the same FOI request by The Guardian produced the fact that only four landlords had been put on the database – and none at all had been subject to a banning order.


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