PRS Strategy & Enforcement Policy Consultation

As part of the continued development of the Private Sector Housing Service the following documents have been drafted.

We welcome your views.

Overview - By building knowledge of the underlying issues in the sector we will be better placed to create new initiatives that will have the greatest impact in improving the quality of the PRS.  The strategy embraces the additional powers made available by the Housing & Planning Act 2016 and focuses on the key areas where it is believed meaningful improvements, at scale, can be achieved.

Read the draft strategy Private Rented Sector (PRS) Strategy 2018-23

How to give us your views

To comment on the draft strategy we request that you complete the survey accessed by the link below.

Comment on the draft Private Rented Sector Strategy 

Overview - In support of the PRS Strategy and in order to fully embrace the powers created by the Housing & Planning Act 2016 the PSH enforcement policy has been redrafted. The new policy has four areas where significant change has occurred:

  • The decision to prosecute or use civil penalties – The Council now has the choice to use either and it is important the decision making process is clear to all.
  • The setting of a civil penalties charging structure – Available guidance has been used to create a straight forward charging structure that compliments the operation of the PSH team.
  • Fees and charges - A review identified that the current fee structure for our mandatory HMO licensing Scheme did not represent the true cost of delivering this service. The fee structure has been revised taking into account relevant guidance and it is proposed that applicants are charged what it costs to deliver the service.
  • Revision of the HMO Amenity standard (a standard used as part of the mandatory HMO licensing Scheme).

Read the draft Private Sector Housing (PSH) Enforcement Policy.

How to give us your views

To comment on the draft enforcement policy we request that you complete the survey accessed by the link below

Comment on the draft Enforcement Policy

Start of consultation – Monday 8th January 2018

Close of Consultation – Friday 23 February 2018 (9am)

We will consider all the views and representations received as part of the process where the PRS Strategy and PSH Enforcement Policy achieve formal ratification by the Council.

Thank you for your time.