Basildon Council recognises the valuable contribution that responsible private sector landlords play in providing accommodation in the local area. Unfortunately, we also have to acknowledge that in a minority of cases, landlords do not maintain suitable standards, putting the safety of their tenants at risk. Once formally adopted, the new Civil Penalties Policy will provide the guidelines and powers necessary for Basildon Council to deal with private sector landlords found guilty of committing offences under the terms of the Housing Act 2004.
Since 6 April 2017, for certain offences under the Housing Act 2004, local housing authorities have had the power to impose civil penalties (financial penalties) of up to £30,000 on individuals and/or organisations, as an alternative to prosecution. This Private Sector Housing Civil Penalties Policy contains information about civil penalties and how the Council is planning to use them. It takes into account the statutory guidance that has been issued by the Government under Schedule 9 of the Housing and Planning Act 2018. It will assist in ensuring residents in the Borough's private rented sector will enjoy improved health and wellbeing through improvements in their homes and landlords who flout the law compromising tenants' welfare will be financially penalized for their non compliance.
The policy is now subject to a 5 week consultation period during which members of the public and interested parties are invited to submit comments
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Three month consultation period from Monday 21st January 2019 until Friday 22nd February 2019.
Your comments on the Draft Civil Penalties Policy must be received by Basildon Council by Friday 22nd February 2019.
The results of this public consultation will be reported to the Council's 12th March 2019 Housing Committee meeting, at which the Draft Civil Penalties Policy and any amendments will be presented for adoption.
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