Senior councillors have today agreed proposals giving Tendring District Council (TDC) powers to fine rogue landlords up to £30,000 if they do not properly maintain their properties.
A new Private Sector Housing Enforcement Policy was approved at a meeting of TDC’s Cabinet.
The policy includes adoption of powers recently brought into law allowing local authorities to issue Civil Penalties to landlords who breach standards around maintenance or licensing. It means councils can issue fines instead of having to prosecute through the courts – a process which can be costly.
A maximum fine of £30,000 can be levied in the most serious cases, though TDC’s policy encourages working with landlords in the first instance – with a penalty charge the last resort.
Paul Honeywood, TDC Cabinet Member for Housing, welcomed the adoption of the new policy at today’s meeting.
“This adopts an option available to help tackle rogue landlords,” Cllr Honeywood said.
“The good thing is if we do have to take action then it is the landlords responsible who have to pick up the bill.
“This strengthens our hand in protecting Tendring residents and making sure everyone has accommodation which is fit for purpose.”
Yet again the Idealised vision that those in power seem to have about Tenants.