Civil Penalty for Housing Act Offences

Stafford Borough Council wants to support good landlords who provide decent well maintained homes, however, a small number of landlords knowingly rent out unsafe and substandard accommodation. 

The Government has developed an alternative to pursuing costly and time consuming prosecutions in the courts by allowing Local Authorities to issue civil penalty notices to those landlords who consistently fail to meet legal standards and the Council is now seeking your views as to how it will use these powers.

The civil penalties being proposed by the Council are set out in the matrix below and take into consideration the nature of the offence and its seriousness, the behaviour and culpability of the landlord and the landlord’s income. They have been developed by officers from a number of West Midland Authorities in order to provide consistency across the region. 

The proposed civil penalties are in line with the current Magistrates Court
Sentencing Guidelines and are consistent with recent fines. If applied civil penalties can result in a quicker and more cost effective method of enforcement action. 

Comments should be returned to the Council by 20 July 2017.

Civil Penalty Matrix (pdf 332kb)
Link to survey

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