local government Training

Utilising Enforcement Strategies to Tackle Rogue Landlords

local government Training

09:15 - 16:15

Tuesday 26 November 2019

Central London


According to data provided by 293 English Councils during 2017-18 only 11% of local authorities issued a civil penalty notice against a landlord or letting agent. With the publication of the rogue Landlords Enforcement Guide in April 2019, the MHCLG is providing Local Authorities with additional tools required to deal with rogue landlords in their local area.

The Government is cracking down on rogue landlords and paving the way for Local Authorities to enforce their powers over irresponsible landlords. Furthermore, in January 2019 more than 50 councils have already benefitted from £2.4 million designated to ramp up action against rogue landlords. With the government’s crackdown on short notice eviction, rogue landlords’ database and consultation to abolish section 21, it is imperative that councils now start to fully use the powers that they have at their disposal.

Join this interactive training course to find out what enforcement powers are available to you and your team and how can they be effectively utilised to tackle rogue landlords in your area.

Learning Objectives:
  • Hear the most up to date policy and funding available to local councils and rogue landlord units trying to tackle rogue landlords in their local area
  • Understand the rights of landlords and tenants as well as the new enforcement powers at your disposal
  • Find out how you can use those enforcement powers to find, inspect and prosecute rogue landlords in your area
  • Discover how other councils have built and utilised local partnerships with emergency services and charities to stop rogue landlords
  • Learn how you can build your internal strategy for tackling rogue landlords based on your local requirements and the most up to date powers available to you


Liz Webster, Group Manager, Environmental Health and Housing, North Lincolnshire Council


Debi Waite, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

John Stewart, Policy Manager, Residential Landlords Association

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Liz Webster

Group Manager, Environmental Health and Housing, North Lincolnshire Council

Liz manages the Environmental Health and Housing Service at North Lincolnshire Council, which includes housing enforcement, the licensing of park homes, and homelessness and disabled facilities grants. She is a member of the LGA Private Sector Housing Group, which meets to discuss national and local housing issues, and any Government proposed policy changes; and was a member of the Park Homes Working Group which lead to the Mobile Homes Act in 2013.

Prior to the introduction of the Housing Act 2004, Liz was one of the trainers for Warwick University on the HHSRS and Enforcement under part 1 of the Act. For many years she lectured at Leeds Met University on the BSc and MSc Environmental Health courses, specialising in housing issues.

Having qualified in 1990 from Leeds Polytechnic she soon moved from local authority employment to work for a solicitors in Birmingham where she carried out inspections and attended court for actions under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and Landlord and Tenant Act 1985. Liz joined North Lincolnshire Council in 2001 and is currently the Group Manager for Environmental Health and Housing.




Chair’s Welcome & Introduction

Liz Webster, Group Manager, Environmental Health and Housing, North Lincolnshire Council (CONFIRMED)


Outlining the Current Policy Landscape for Tackling Rogue Landlords

  • Outlining the rogue landlord database reform and plans to open the database to prospective tenants
  • Discussing the powers available to local councils to enforce banning orders preventing rogue landlords from leasing accommodation for a period, ranging from 12 months to life
  • Analysing funding available to councils in support of their efforts to tackle rogue landlords following the latest January 2019 funding announcement

Debi Waite, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (CONFIRMED)


Case Study: Tackling Rogue Landlords Through a Civil Penalty Scheme

  • Examining how to establish an intelligence led, investigative approach to tackling rogue landlords by effectively using civil penalties
  • Identifying harm and considering when the civil penalty will be used on a case by case basis and what criteria is used by the council
  • Dealing with appeals and preparing for cases to be taken to a Tribunal
  • Discussing the steps taken for enforcement when the landlord has not paid the penalty
  • Outlining the positive impact civil penalties have on tackling rogue landlords and improving the quality and environmental health conditions of properties


Morning Break


Understanding Responsibilities and Rights of Tenants and Landlords Based on Most Recent Guidance

  • Translating policy into action – Discussing the January 2019 funding round and the April 2019 Rogue Landlord Enforcement: guidance for local authorities document
  • Understanding the private rented sector in your area, the needs of tenants and landlords and how to address them
  • Implementing effective inspection and management of the sector in order to ensure robust decision-making processes
  • Realising what are your enforcement powers and how you can use them effectively in your local area based on the most recent policy guidance
  • Utilising rogue landlord’s database in your local area and beyond

John Stewart, Policy Manager, Residential Landlords Association (CONFIRMED)




Case Study: Utilising Council Enforcement Powers to Secure Rent Repayment Orders

  • Understanding the extended criteria for rent repayment orders under the statutory guidance as part of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 including using appropriate powers to secure entry, illegal eviction or harassment of occupants
  • Supporting tenants in their application for RRO and applying on a tenant’s behalf
  • Considering the severity of the offence and the impact of the breach on the occupier and others affected by the offence committed
  • Discussing steps that can be taken to enforce rent repayment order

Bristol City Council (invited)


Afternoon Break


Designing and Implementing a Strategy to Tackle Rogue Landlords in Your Local Area

  • Recognise and avoid the common pitfalls faced by local authorities when taking action against rogue landlords
  • Delivering a sustainable approach to tackling rogue landlords through collaboration, sharing data and effective communication strategies with landlords and local partners
  • Providing effective tenant support – ensuring that tenants are not the ones being prosecuted unfairly
  • Working from environmental health scenarios learn about different strategies and approaches Local Authority and enforcement officers can take to ensure tenants safety and best rented accommodation in your local area
  • Implementing an internal strategy to drive up standards in the private rented sector and ensure tenants in your local area are living in the best possible conditions

Liz Webster, Group Manager, Environmental Health and Housing, North Lincolnshire Council (CONFIRMED)


Evaluation and Closing Remarks

*Programme subject to change

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