Rogue landlord database: ARLA wants agents and tenants to have access

The Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) wants agents and tenants to have access to the Government’s rogue landlord database.

The rogue landlord database was set up in 2018 and includes the information of those who have been banned for failing to make a property habitable or have been convicted of serious offences.

A consultation period is now open regarding the database, with the Government committing to opening the database to allow access for agents and tenants in October 2018.

ARLA has issued a response ahead of the conclusion of the consultation on 12 October 2019.

In a statement, ARLA says it wants “To widen access to the database to potential tenants, current tenants, landlords, membership organisations and lettings agents in order to make informed decisions in their respected fields or situations.

“To widen the scope of the database by including information such as if a landlord or letting agent fails a fit and proper person test, or is issued with an Improvement Notice, or has been expelled from a redress scheme.

“Local authorities should not have access to information for a longer period than the wider public as the database must be open and transparent to all and access should remain equal.”

It also states that it believes that only in certain circumstances should a landlord or agent who has had a property licence refused or revoked should be included in the database as it should only apply where there has been a “serious breach of licence or repeated offence”.