Greenwich Council

Agenda item

Private Rented Sector Housing Enforcement Programme Update

To provide updates on work to tackle poor standards through the Environmental Health Private Rented Sector Housing Enforcement Programme (PRSHEP), progress with proposals to introduce additional licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs), and progress with landlord support initiatives.

 

Minutes:

The report was introduced by the Assistant Director Community Safety and the Environmental Health Team Manager, and was accompanied by an illustrated presentation.

 

Overall, the Panel was impressed with the report and the work carried out as part of the Private Rented Sector Housing Enforcement Programme.  The Panel was concerned about the possible resource implications arising from the increased volume of work that the possible expansion in Houses in Multiple Occupation Licensing outlined in the report might bring about.  The Assistant Director Community Safety advised that rates had been calculated based on a cost recovery basis. The online application had also been maximised to reduce costs.  He confirmed they would try to minimise the use of agency staff.

 

In response to a question from the Panel, the Assistant Director Community Safety explained what attracted landlords to the Landlord Business Club.  Reasons included access to information, guidance and training.  The philosophy behind the scheme was to promote good standards and not just offer incentives. 

 

The Assistant Director Community Safety confirmed that consultation was currently taking place to address the issue of landlords who passed properties on to relatives. 

 

In response to a question from the Panel, the Assistant Director Community Safety advised that tenants were moved out of problem properties as a last resort and only when absolutely essential.  These tenants were then assessed by Housing Options in order to ensure the appropriate provision of support.   

 

The Assistant Director Community Safety confirmed that consultation was currently taking place on proposals to introduce an additional Houses in Multiple Occupation Licensing scheme.

 

Resolved –

 

That the report be noted. 

 

 

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