It was yesterday confirmed that the new database of bad letting agents and landlords and the introduction of banning orders for the worst offenders will come into force next month.
The register will not be available for the public to see, and nor will agents recruiting new staff have any access to it. It will only be accessible by local and central government.
David Cox, managing director of ARLA Propertymark, said: “This is a truly ridiculous piece of legislation.
“What is the point of banning people when no one will know who’s been banned?
“We were very supporting of the concept – we want to see the eradication of bad letting agents and landlords. But how will this help?
“A public list would protect consumers. This won’t.”
New measures were also yesterday laid in Parliament in a further crackdown, and will be implemented this autumn.
From October, councils will be able to set minimum bedroom sizes and introduce limits on how many people can live in each bedroom of a licensed multiple occupancy home.
Councils will be able to use national minimum size standards – or apply their own, which could be tougher.
The current minimum space requirements are that bedrooms used by one person over the age of ten will have to be at least 6.51sqm, and those slept in by two people must at least 10.22sqm.
Rooms slept in by children aged under ten must be at least 4.64sqm.
Cox also criticised this measure, saying: “Older properties often have box rooms, which are used as bedrooms and are often cheaper to rent.
“If box rooms cannot be used as bedrooms, there will be fewer tenants in shared accommodation and so they will have to pay more.”
He said he was unconvinced that small bedrooms were an issue for many tenants, and called on the Government to stop making “ridiculous laws”.
The new space standards will apply to all landlords seeking new licences. Landlords of existing properties will have up to 18 months to make changes when re-applying for a new licence.
Also being implemented in October is a requirement to provide adequate waste storage facilities outside shared rented homes in line with their local council’s rules.