We are looking for your views on Folkestone & Hythe's draft Private Sector Housing Enforcement Policy for the next five years from the end of 2020 to the end of 2025.
We use a wide range of statutory powers to ensure that those responsible for residential premises take the actions needed to prevent harm from occurring to occupants and visitors. For fairness and transparency, it is important that the council sets out how it conducts itself by publishing an enforcement policy. This is a requirement of the Enforcement Concordat and the Regulators' Code.
Section 126 and Schedule 9 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 amended the Housing Act 2004 to allow financial penalties to be imposed by local housing authorities as an alternative to prosecution for certain housing offences.
Financial penalties of up to £30,000 may be imposed under section 249A of the Housing Act 2004. Local housing authorities are required to develop and document a policy which sets out when it should prosecute and when it should impose a financial penalty, and the level of financial penalty it should impose in each case.
To progress the Policy we wish to give you an opportunity to put forward your views and comments on the draft. We would like to hear the views of members of the public, our residents, customers, partners and stakeholders, about the proposed approaches to enforcement and how we tackle criminal landlords and the methodology for determining the level of penalty.
The policy once adopted will be regularly reviewed to and minor amendments may be made to align with any new legislation as it comes into force.
Please complete our questionnaire, it will take around 15 minutes to complete and all responses will be anonymous.
For further information about the strategy please email us.