New powers to crack down on rogue landlords have been welcomed by the local authority.
Council chiefs said the new laws will ’improve standards in the private sector.’
From this month local authorities have the power to issue civil financial penalties of up to £30,000 for a range of housing offences, as an alternative to prosecution.
The new powers, which were set out in the Housing and Planning Act 2016, also allow councils to seek a banning order preventing a person from being a landlord, engaging in letting agency work, and/or property management work.
Cllr Khevyn Limbajee, cabinet member for housing, said: “I welcome the introduction of these new powers, as it will allow us to continue the work we are already doing to tackle rogue landlords, reduce anti-social behaviour and drive up standards for tenants in the private rented sector.
“Being able to issue civil penalties will allow us to punish rogue landlords for certain offences without having to seek prosecution, which can often be a costly and lengthy process. The ability to apply for banning orders means we can hopefully prevent known rogue landlords from operating in our borough completely.
“As an authority we are keen to utilise all powers at our disposal to crack down on rogue landlords, and I’ll be taking a report to our cabinet meeting later this month so we can become one of the first authorities to start making use of these new civil penalties.”