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Consultation on Draft Civil Penalties Policy for Housing Act Offences

The power to impose a civil penalty as an alternative to prosecution for certain Housing Act offences was introduced by section 126 and Schedule 9 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016.

A civil penalty is a financial penalty imposed by a Local Housing Authority on an individual or organisation as an alternative to prosecution for certain housing offences under the Housing Act 2004.

Local housing authorities are expected to develop and document their own policy on when to prosecute and when to issue a civil penalty. They are also required to  develop and document their own policy on determining the appropriate level of civil penalties on a case by case basis which should reflect the severity of the offence, as well as the landlord's previous record of offending.

Below is Boston Borough Council's draft Housing Civil Penalties Policy. We would welcome your comments and views on this draft to allow us to consider them, and if appropriate update the draft, before the policy and consultation responses are presented to scrutiny and Cabinet for adoption and inclusion in our Private Sector Housing Policy Framework.

Please send your comments to housing.dept@boston.gov.uk by midnight on the 19th January 2018.

 

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