Arising from a report of the Group Manager for Public Health and Regulatory Services, the Homes Policy Development Group had made the following recommendations:
a) The revised fees and charges as set out in Annex 1 be approved.
b) That Public Health and Regulatory Services be authorised to enforce The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 as amended 2016.
c) That a charge is made for providing copies of the Mandatory HMO Licensing Public Register when requested.
The Cabinet Member for Housing outlined the contents of the report stating that Private Sector Housing had a duty to ensure that private accommodation met minimum standards. In particular there were regulations for the licensing, management and use of houses in multiple occupation (HMO), carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms, and hazards within the home. All enforcement activities and relevant fees and charges within the report were set out in compliance with the legislation and the Public Health Services Enforcement Policy adopted in August 2016 and the draft Operations Directorate Enforcement Policy 2019. He explained the changes to the fees and charges outlined in annex 1 of the report and the penalties for Housing Act offences.
Consideration was given to how offences would be enforced.
RESOLVED that the recommendations of the Policy Development Group be approved.
(Proposed by Cllr R L Stanley and seconded by Cllr C R Slade)
Note: *Report previously circulated, copy attached to minutes.