Publication of the Private Rented Sector Enforcement policy
The Private Rented Sector Housing Enforcement policy sets out enforcement criteria regarding private rented sector housing which supplements the generic approach to enforcement described in the council’s Better Regulation and Enforcement policy. It's aimed at the regulation of the private rented sector which includes housing association properties except those owned by Shropshire Council.
The supplementary private rented sector housing enforcement activities set out in this policy include the licensing of houses in multiple occupation (HMO), the service of statutory notices as well as the following measures introduced by the Housing and Planning Act 2016, Housing Act 2004 and the Energy Act 2011, which aim to tackle rogue landlords and improve the private rental sector:
- Civil penalties which can be used as an alternative to prosecution
- Banning orders for the most prolific offenders
- Database of rogue landlords/property agents
- Rent repayment orders (RROs)