Decision details

Private Sector Housing Enforcement Policy

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Updated policy on Private Sector Housing and Letting Agent standards, requirements and compliance




(i)     That the Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration approves the Private Housing and Lettings Policy 2021 and the accompanying Civil Penalties Matrix (Appendix A)


(ii)   That delegated authority is given to the Director of Public Protection and Licensing to approve minor modifications and updates to the policy, such as changes to legislation, in collaboration with the Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration.


(iii)  That delegated authority to carry out enforcement and issue penalty notices is given to an officer authorised by the Executive Director of Environment and City Management.


(iv)  That these recommendations, if approved, will be implemented from 4st November 2021


            Reason for Decision


            The Council requires approval to publish a refreshed and expanded Private Housing and Lettings Enforcement Policy, following the introduction of the Council’s additional licensing scheme for HMOs, the national expectation for localised policies that outlines the level of penalty fines related to non-compliance, as well as broader changes to legislation relating to Private Housing Enforcement.


Publication date: 27/10/2021

Date of decision: 27/10/2021

Effective from: 04/11/2021

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