New powers for local councils to obtain tenancy deposit data

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The Housing and Planning Act which received Royal Asset last month gives new powers to local housing authorities to access data held by the tenancy deposit schemes in England.

The Government has yet to determine the extent of the information that local housing authorities are able to access but the new law mimics arrangements already in place and operational in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Image of Steve HarriottCommenting on the new provisions the Chief Executive of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme, Steve Harriott said:

“Local authorities in Scotland and Northern Ireland already have powers to look at the data held by tenancy deposit schemes; it is usually to check that landlords and agents have protected deposits properly and that they also appear on the respective Landlord Registers.  We don’t yet know what level of detail local authorities will want but we will be able to share the experience we have had in both in Scotland and Northern Ireland”.


Posted by Steve Harriott on 8 June 2016

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