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Landmark Criminal Behaviour Order on Landlord

A landmark case in the Midlands has led to a court issuing a Criminal Behaviour Order on a landlord, with a provision included to ensure he has to instruct a managing agent to run his portfolio of rental properties. The order will last for ten years.

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A Landmark Case against a Landlord The Criminal Behaviour Order is the first time a court order of this type has been issued against a landlord. It came about after the landlord was accused of harassing his tenants, causing them distress and alarm, and poorly managing his properties. The court case centred around two properties owned by the landlord, but his management of all the properties in the portfolio was considered.

Landlord Must Instruct a Third Party Managing Agent The terms of the court order mean that the landlord must use a third party agent to manage all of the properties. The agent will need to be in place by June 1st, and if he fails to do this, he could be sent to prison for a maximum of five years or face a very high fine. The landlord is also required to submit a detailed list of all his rental properties to the local council.

It will be interesting to see if this case has any repercussions for other rogue landlords who are found guilty of mismanaging their rental properties.


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