Earlier this year, the Department for Communities and Local Government updated legislation to help local housing authorities take action to tackle rogue landlords. The update to civil penalties now allows Councils to issue fines of up to £30,000 to landlords who commit offences under the Housing Act.
Civil penalties can be used by councils as an alternative to more costly and time consuming prosecution in the courts.
Offences covered by the updated legislation include:
- Failure to comply with an Improvement Notice (section 30);
- Offences in relation to licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (section 72);
- Offences in relation to licensing of Houses under Part 3 of the Act (section 95);
- Offences of contravention of an overcrowding notice (section 139)
- Failure to comply with management regulations in respect of Houses in Multiple Occupation (section 234).
The use of these new powers was formally approved at the Housing and Urban Renewal Cabinet Member meeting on the 11th of October.
Earlier this year, the Council pledged to take more action to tackle rogue landlords operating in the city and to improve living standards for private renters.
Councillor Fareed Hussain, Cabinet Member for Urban Renewal commented:
“These updated powers will assist us in taking action against landlords who rent properties that aren’t up to the standards they should be. A financial penalty of up to £30,000 is not insignificant and I hope that landlords in the city recognise that we will tackle poor housing by using these penalties.”