Section 126 and Schedule 9 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 gives the Council the power to impose a civil penalty as an alternative to prosecution where the landlord has committed one of the following offences:
The amount of the penalty imposed will depend on the breach, with the maximum amount being £30,000. More information can be found in the Civil Penalties Charging Policy 2017 (PDF 325kb)
Rent repayment orders are a means by which a tenant or the Council can seek to have up to 12 months of rent repaid in addition to other enforcement action. Rent repayment orders can be applied for where a landlord has:
An order can be applied for when one of the above offences has been committed, whether or not the landlord has been convicted.
The Council can impose a civil penalty and apply for a rent repayment order for the following offences:
The Council can also prosecute a landlord and seek a rent repayment order for the same offence.
More information can be found in the Rent Repayment Order Policy 2017 (PDF 125kb)