Shropshire Council

Draft private rented sector housing enforcement policy

  • Period: 14 February 2019 - 11 April 2019
  • Status: Open
  • Audiences: Everyone
  • Topics: Housing, Community and living, Public Protection
  • Type: Public

Background

Regulatory Services regulate private rented accommodation to ensure it is safe to live in and free from health and safety hazards. Houses in multiple occupation (HMO) must be licensed and follow extra rules around health and safety.

A private rented sector housing enforcement policy is required to reflect the new powers that have been given to local authorities under the Housing and Planning Act 2016 to impose civil penalties of up to £30,000 as an alternative to prosecution and the extension of rent repayment orders.

The overwhelming majority of landlords in Shropshire provide safe, well managed and properly maintained rented accommodation, and the introduction of civil penalties, to include a wider range of offences, will help us tackle the small number of criminal, rogue and irresponsible landlords who knowingly rent out unsafe and substandard accommodation.

We would welcome views on the attached draft policy.

Documents

If you have comments you would like to make please contact us by emailing communityprotection@shropshire.gov.uk

If you don't have access to email please submit your comments in writing to

Community Protection
Regulatory Services
Public Health
Shropshire Council
Shirehall
Abbey Foregate
Shrewsbury
Shropshire
SY2 6ND

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