The Housing and Health Manager
introduced the report, explaining that the policy had been updated
to reflect numerous changes in the relevant legislation and
regulations. This included the Tenant Fees Act 2019, the Minimum
Energy Efficiency Standards Regulations 2015, the Electrical Safety
Standards in the private Rented Sector Regulations 2020 and the
Housing and Planning Act 2016. A suggestion was made to rename the
policy to the Housing Standards Policy.
In response to questions, it
was clarified that the policy would apply to social housing
landlords and private landlords, and that property inspections
could be implemented both reactively and proactively.
RESOLVED:That the Housing Standards Enforcement Policy 2021-2025 attached
at Appendix A to the report, including the table of financial
penalties to be applied under sections 23, 126 and Schedule 9 of
the Housing and Planning Act 2016, be approved.