Whats changing in 2018

The way we work with the private rented sector

This year will see the introduction of three new documents that will direct the work of the Council's Private Sector Housing Service.

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  • Private Rented Sector Strategy 2018 - 2023 (scheduled to be launched in April 2018)
    Enforcement Policy 2018 (scheduled to come into force on 1st April 2018)
    Empty Homes Action Plan (scheduled to be launched during 2018)

The first step towards the introduction of these documents was a public consultation on the Private Rented Sector Strategy and the Private Sector Housing Enforcement Policy, which took place between 8th January 2018 to 23rd February 2018.

These documents are instrumental in undertaking the enforcement measures that came into force as part of the enactment of The Housing and Planning Act 2016, which includes:

  • Civil penalties of up to £30,000 as an alternative to prosecution for certain specified offences (came into force on 6 April 2017)
  • Banning orders for the most serious and prolific offenders (came into force on 1 October 2017)
  • Extension of rent repayment orders to cover illegal eviction, breach of a banning order and certain other specified offences (came into force on 6 April 2017)
  • Database of rogue landlords and property agents convicted of certain offences (came into force on 1 October 2017)

Landlords with properties that have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of F or G will be restricted from creating new (or renewing existing) tenancy agreements until the energy efficiency of the property is improved to an E rating or better. These regulations come into force on 1st April 2018.

Members of the Cornwall Responsible Landlord Scheme can access a range of information and guidance about the new energy efficiency rules in the members resource area.

Following a response to the formal consultation the Government have clearly stated that they expect both the House of Commons & the House of Lords to consider this legislative change early in 2018. As such it is anticipated that the extended scheme (that will apply to a wider number of shared properties) will come into force on 1st October 2018.  Please see this page for further details as they become available or if you are a landlord join the Cornwall Responsible Landlord Scheme in order to keep up to date with all major changes affecting landlords.

A new service to assist those who wish to sell an empty property, of more than 6 months, to those who are seeking long term empty properties in Cornwall to bring back into use. The service is now available and you can find out more on our Empty Property Matching Service page.

The Council has been given the power to access Tenancy Deposit Protection data to help identify rental properties in Cornwall. The improved understanding of the rental market in Cornwall this provides will allow us to create new initiatives that seek to improve the quality of the Private Rented Sector.