Are you a private landlord? If so, you could be subject to a Rent Repayment Order if you are in breach of certain obligations, including:
- Not protecting the tenant’s deposit
- Not having the correct licence from the local authority in place when the tenancy commenced
- Not completing remedial works ordered under an Improvement Notice from the local authority
- Allowing your property to be overcrowded
- Carrying out an illegal eviction
The penalty for breaching your landlord obligations could be as much as a year’s rent payable in compensation to each tenant.
There are already no win no fee providers seeking tenants to make these claims against their landlords, as it may become the next money making venture just like PPI. Therefore, take preventative action to ensure compliance with all of your landlord obligations.
If you find that either a tenant or a local authority is making a claim against you for a Rent Repayment Order, contact Mercian Law either on our website web chat function, or by calling 01827 215679 for assistance in responding to the claim.
Please note that this article does not constitute legal advice. Mercian Law Limited have tried to make this article as accurate and complete as possible at the date it was written. The laws of England and Wales change frequently, and you are advised to take legal advice before embarking on any legal action.