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Private Rented Housing: Landlords

Justice written question – answered on 7th September 2010.

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Photo of Robert Buckland Robert Buckland Conservative, South Swindon

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many landlords have been (a) sentenced to custody and (b) fined for offences related to lettings in the private rented sector under the provisions of each relevant Act in each quarter of the last three years.

Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice) (Prisons and Probation)

The following table shows the number of offenders sentenced at all courts for offences under the 2004 Housing Act (which covers most offences by landlords), England and Wales 2006 to 2008 (latest available). Other than where specified in the statute, information held by the Ministry of Justice on its Court Proceedings Database does not identify a defendant's professional status, which includes whether or not they were a landlord.

Landlords may also be prosecuted under the 1977 Rent Act or the 1984 Landlords and Tenants Act, but information collated under these Acts cannot identify the landlord from other defendants either.

Number sentenced at all courts under the Housing Act 2004( 1) , 2006- 08
2006 2007 2008
Fine 6 37 123
Conditional discharge - 2 3
Otherwise dealt with(2) - - 3
Absolute discharge - 1 -
Community sentence - - -
Suspended sentence - - -
Immediate custody - - -
Total sentenced 6 40 129
(1) Comprises:

Summary offences except under SS.72(1), (2) and (6), 95(1) and (5), 139, 236 and 241

Summary offences connected with HMO and housing licences

Failure to comply with overcrowding order or obstructing a relevant person in performance of anything required by Parts 1 to 4 of this Act

Intentionally altering, suppressing or destroying document required to be produced under S.235 notice

(2) The category 'other' includes: one day in police cells, disqualification order, restraining order, confiscation order, travel restriction order, disqualification from driving, and recommendation for deportation and other miscellaneous disposals.

The figures given in the table on court proceedings relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences it is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.


Justice Statistics Analytical Services-Ministry of Justice.

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