Civil Penalties Policy Consultation
Following on from this the Council recognises that the majority of landlords operate in a legal and professional manner and work to ensure that their properties meet the required standards.
However, there are some irresponsible landlords who poorly manage and maintain property and in some cases knowingly flout the regulations and laws that they are due to abide by.
In 2018 The Government introduced measures under a revision of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 (Opens in a New Window) to enable local authorities to impose civil penalties of up to £30,000 as an alternative to prosecution for a range of offences under the Housing Act 2004.
On the 1st June this year the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 (Opens in a New Window) came into force, in which the Government gave local authorities the power to impose a civil penalty of up to £30,000 on landlords who are in breach of their duties.
In order for the Council to issue civil penalties it must have a policy in place. This draft document sets out a proposed policy(.pdf) (250KB) (Opens in a New Window) relating to the implementation of civil penalties for housing offences.
We would welcome your views and comments on this policy which will be considered in the decision making process.
The consultation will be open from Thursday 12th November 2020 until 16:30 on Friday 11th December 2020. Please email any comments to firstname.lastname@example.org