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The third reading of the Housing and Planning Bill is due in the House of Commons today, after which it will proceed to the House of Lords. The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has issued a briefing paper to peers, calling for a number of amendments. The requested changes include compelling local authorities to collect information on Council Tax forms to provide tenants with the means of identifying their landlords and modernising deposit schemes so that prescribed information can be issued to tenants electronically as well as on paper. The RLA has also suggested that the blacklisting of landlords should not be a permanent measure, with the option to remove a landlord if they are prepared to undergo a period of education.

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