Housing Services Enforcement Policy
Decision maker: Housing and Major Projects Policy Development and Scrutiny Panel
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
The Associate Director for Housing introduced this item to the Panel. He explained that having recently reviewed the existing policy a number of enhancements are proposed.
He stated that one of these would be to replace the existing initial “straight to informal” approach with a short consultation period for engagement with landlords, tenants and interested parties. After this period a decision would then be made on the most appropriate approach which could be either formal or informal action. This would prevent unnecessary delay created by informal action in the cases where Housing Services do not believe that the landlord will undertake repairs promptly. It would also ensure that we act in accordance with guidance that discourages enforcement authorities from taking inappropriate enforcement action.
The Chair commented that she hoped a decision on the Policy would be by the Cabinet as soon as possible.
Councillor June Player asked how long does an HMO licence last for and how are the properties inspected?
The Associate Director for Housing replied that the licences last for five years and that an inspection is carried out prior to the licence being granted. He added that random checks are then carried out twice over those five years.
Councillor Les Kew asked what actions can be taken if a property is deemed to be dangerous.
The Associate Director for Housing replied that when there is an imminent risk to health and safety appropriate action is taken immediately.
The Panel RESOLVED to note with approval the proposed policy.
Publication date: 16/08/2012
Date of decision: 24/07/2012
Decided at meeting: 24/07/2012 - Housing and Major Projects Policy Development and Scrutiny Panel