Cabinet noted that the Council has a statutory duty to ensure that all private sector homes in the Thanet area were maintained to a safe condition. Recent legislative changes allowed the Council to impose a financial (civil) penalty of up to £30,000, as an alternative to prosecution for certain housing offences. These new powers had been introduced to help local authorities tackle rogue landlords.
Councillor Campbell spoke under Council Procedure 20.1.
Councillor Game proposed, Councillor Savage seconded and Cabinet agreed the recommendations within the report, namely that Cabinet:
‘1. Approves the adoption of the proposed “Policy for imposing financial penalties under the Housing Act 2004 and Housing and Planning Act 2016”, annexed to the report.
2. Delegates authority to the Head of Housing and Planning, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Housing and Safer Neighbourhoods, to approve minor amendments to the policy.’