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HOUSING BILL TO MOVE ON TENANTS FROM HELL

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New measures to help councils crack down on tenants from hell have been included in the Housing Bill, one of the fi...
New measures to help councils crack down on tenants from hell have been included in the Housing Bill, one of the first pieces of legislation announced in the Queen's Speech to be published.

It allows councils to extend an introductory tenancy beyond the usual 12-month period, and toughens up measures included in last year's draft bill after pressure from local government.

Councils will be able to refuse secure tenants a mutual exchange application if successful court action has been taken against them, or a member of their household, for anti-social behaviour.

And the legislation will prevent tenants completing a right-to-buy purchase where the council is seeking a possession or demotion order for anti-social behaviour.

The bill is part of the prime minister's focus on tackling anti-social behaviour and minor crime, which is a major feature of his second term, and also addresses his regeneration plans.

It includes allowing councils to bring in a licensing scheme for private landlords, targeted at improving communities suffering problems in the private rented sector caused by low housing demand or anti-social behaviour.

There is a mandatory licensing scheme for larger houses in multiple occupation.

The scheme also covers smaller ones where councils have particular problems, for example where there are a large number of student properties in a small area.

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