Residents asked for views on Council’s role in enforcing quality of private rented housing


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Cornwall Council is asking for views on how it uses enforcement powers to regulate the condition of privately rented housing.

The Council is updating its Private Sector Housing Enforcement Policy to incorporate new legislation, and to ensure that our enforcement approach remains effective. 

All are welcome to take part in the consultation, which will run until Friday, May 27. We would particularly like to hear from private sector tenants, private landlords, lettings agents, landlord and tenant associations, social housing providers, purpose-built student accommodation providers and student unions.

The draft policy includes the following changes:

  • Plans to restrict the duration of House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licences when a dwelling does not have the required planning permission in place.
  • The introduction of a criminal record check for HMO licence applicants to bring property licensing in line with other Council administered licensing schemes and offer greater protection for occupiers against rogue landlord behaviour.
  • How the Council intends to regulate houses that fail to meet minimum energy efficiency standards.
  • Increased service provision relating to illegal evictions.
  • How the Council will discharge its responsibilities for issuing different types of penalty notices.
  • Changes to the licensed HMO Amenity Standard.

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for housing and planning Cllr Olly Monk said: “We take our responsibilities around private sector rented housing seriously. Your feedback will help us to ensure that our policy continues to effectively influence quality and safety standards.”

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