Civil Penalties Policy consultation

Have your say on the Civil Penalties Policy

We have a statutory duty to regulate and enforce housing conditions using the Housing Act under the provisions of the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS), and to licence certain houses in multiple occupation (HMOs). Regulation consists of inspections, processing licences and undertaking any necessary enforcement action to remedy defective and unsafe properties.

What are the proposed changes?

We are planning to implement a Civil Penalties Policy in line with the Housing and Planning Act 2016. The act provides powers that permit local authorities to impose a civil penalty of up to £30,000 as an alternative to prosecution for a range of offences under the Housing Act 2004, and where a landlord or property agent has breached a banning order under the revision of the Housing and Planning Act in 2018.

This document sets out the policy relating to the implementation of Civil Penalties for housing offences. This Civil Penalties Policy outlines where an informal approach fails or it is necessary to protect the health, safety and welfare of people in private rented accommodation. The service will decide whether to serve a legal notice for non-compliance and then prosecute or whether to pursue the Civil Penalty route. This policy aims to promote efficient and effective approaches to non-compliance, offering a transparent approach to enforcement so that people understand how they will be dealt with by the Council.

Have your say

We asked you to tell us your views on the proposal to implement a Civil Penalties Policy.  The survey closed on 15 November 2018 and we've now got your feedback and will look at this in the decision making process.  Thank you to everyone who provided feedback. 

If you have any questions regarding this consultation or the proposal, please contact us using our online form.