Issue details

Policy for imposing financial penalties under the Housing Act 2004 and Housing and Planning Act 2016.

The council has a statutory duty to take action to improve unsafe private sector homes in the Thanet area, and in pursuance of that duty it undertakes a range of enforcement activities. Owing to recent legislative changes, the council now has the power to impose a financial (civil) penalty of up to £30,000 as an alternative to prosecution for certain housing offences. However, before the council can issue financial penalties for such offences, it must first have an adopted policy in accordance with statutory guidance issued by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 12/12/2018

Decision due: 14 Mar 2019 by Cabinet

Lead member: Councillor Lesley Ann Game, Cabinet Member for Housing and Safer Neighbourhoods cllr-lesley.game@thanet.gov.uk

Lead director: Tim Willis

Contact: Richard Hopkins, Housing Regeneration Team Leader Tel: 01843 577402 Email: richard.hopkins@thanet.gov.uk Tel: 01843 577402.

What the decision will mean: To allow the council to impose a financial penalty of up to £30,000 as an alternative to prosecution for certain housing offences.

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  • Cabinet report