Councils should enforce fines to agents and landlords that don’t comply
- September 23, 2015
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York Council is seeking the introduction of fixed penalty notices to letting agents and landlords who are found
to be deliberately disobeying the law. The council want the authority to fine any agent that does not belong to
one of the three government-approved redress schemes or does not reveal details of its fees in line with the
legislation introduced back in May.
They also says that any landlord who has not installed smoke detectors on every floor of every rented property
and or not fitted carbon monoxide alarms in each room where there is a solid fuel-burning appliance will also
be in breach.
The recommendation is for a maximum £5,000 penalty for each instance of non-compliance. TheHousing
Services Manager will hold the power to enforce the fines and will be given discretion to decrease it in
Executive Member for Housing and Safer Neighbourhoods, Councillor David Carr says “While we acknowledge
that the majority of York’s letting agents serve landlords and tenants well, we want to support and recognise
good practice while penalising those who fall below required standards. The city’s private rented sector has
grown significantly and accommodates some of our most vulnerable households and we want to ensure they
get a fair deal,”
The new rules will be finalised on August 25.