Landlords convicted of housing offences will be named and shamed to tenants – however the online database is yet to list names after running for six months.
The government set up the database in April to help councils identify serial landlord offenders applying for house in multiple occupation and buy to let licences across England.
In announcements for the scheme, the government claimed around 10,500 rogue landlords were breaking housing laws and expected 600 of the most persistent offenders would be identified on the database – which would not be open for tenants to view.
However, a Downing Street spokesman has revealed an update from the government allowing tenants to see if their landlord has a criminal record.
“Our rogue landlord database has only been in place since April and has been warmly welcomed by councils as an important enforcement tool,” said the spokesman.
“As we have said, only offences committed from April this year can be included, and it can take several months to secure convictions. We are clear that we expect to see entries in the database from the new year. We also intend to make information in the database available to prospective and existing tenants.”
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has an online rogue landlord checker has more than 1,000 rogue landlord listings, although only around 300 are viewable online and entries are removed after 12 months.