Housing Enforcement and Financial Penalties policy consultation

From: 08/02/2023 To: 08/03/2023.

Harborough District Council is looking to introduce a Housing Enforcement Policy to set out how it intends to tackle non-compliance with housing related legislation. The policy states the legislative powers available to the Council and its incremental approach to enforcement.

The Housing Enforcement Policy, which aims to ensure that there is transparency for owners, landlords, agents and tenants of private sector and social housing properties, does not place any additional legislative burden on landlords who should already be compliant with the relevant legislation.

You can read the Housing Enforcement Policy here

As well as the Housing Enforcement Policy, the Council is looking to introduce civil penalties as an alternative to prosecution for specific offences under the Housing Act 2004. The Civil Penalties Policy sets out the civil penalty calculation methodology.

The Domestic Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards Regulations introduced energy efficiency standards for the private rented sector and place a duty on landlords to achieve a minimum Energy Performance Certificate of E unless the property falls within one of the prescribed exemptions.

The policy sets out the proposed scale of penalties for various offences under the regulations.

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide (England) Regulations place a duty on private landlords to ensure that a smoke alarm is installed on each story or premises where there is living accommodation and a carbon monoxide alarm is installed in any room which contains a fuel burning appliance.

The policy sets out the proposed scale of penalties for offences under these regulations.  

You can read the Civil Penalties Policy here.

We would be grateful if you would please review these documents and provide your thoughts and feedback in this survey.

Please allow approximately 12 minutes to complete the survey. Closing date: 8 March 2023