New policy updated to improve housing standards

Published Tuesday, 09 February 2021

A new version of a policy designed to enforce standards in private sector housing is likely to be approved by councillors at the Council’s Cabinet meeting next Tuesday (16 February).

The Private Sector Housing Enforcement Policy outlines the steps that the Council can take to protect tenants from unsafe homes and tackle rogue landlords.

Although the policy was originally introduced in 2018, changes to national legislation have meant that it needs to be updated in order for the Council to better protect its residents.

The new version of the policy will allow the Council to issue civil penalties against landlords who have acted irresponsibly against tenants or who have failed in maintaining legal standards for housing.
In addition to this, the updated policy will also enable the Council to undertake enforcement actions on letting agents when needed.

Cllr David Welsh, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, said: “We believe that good quality housing is a basic human right and that is the aim of the policy. 

“It’s about working closely with landlords to ensure that tenants are protected.

“This policy will make it easier to take enforcement action against bad landlords and we will we use it where we need to improve the standard of poor quality housing. 

“Ultimately, we want to improve the quality of housing for our residents ensuring that the properties they live in are safe and secure.”

For more details on Housing Enforcement in Coventry, please visit our Housing Enforcement webpages.

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