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Rogue landlords 'must face bigger fines'

Town hall chiefs are urging magistrates to use new powers to impose bigger penalties on criminal landlords, who they say treat the present "feeble" fines levied against them as 'operating costs'.

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'We're determined to tackle rogue landlords'

Housing Minister Kris Hopkins said:

We are determined to tackle the minority of landlords who offer tenants a poor service.

That's why we have given £6.7 million to councils to use their range of powers to confront rogue behaviour, and why we're changing the law to increase fines.

Our new How to Rent Guide makes tenants aware of their rental rights and puts pressure on those who are not playing by the rules.

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