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Bristol City Council: Civil penalty as an alternative to prosecution under the Housing Act 2004

The Housing and Planning Act 2016 has given councils new powers to deal with rogue landlords. These include Civil Penalty Notices (CPNs). The government has defined a ‘rogue landlord’ as ‘a landlord who knowingly flouts their obligations by renting out unsafe and substandard accommodation to tenants’.

The Department for Communities and Local Government has issued statutory guidance that the Council must take into account before using these powers. We’ve considered this guidance and, as a result, we’re going to change the way we do some things in order to use these new powers as effectively as possible.

This is our draft policy setting out how we will determine the level of financial penalty in individual, once the decision to impose a Civil Penalty Notice has been made. Before publishing the final policy we are seeking views from all interested parties, including landlords, agents and tenants.

Bristol City Council policy on deciding on a financial penalty amount

Starting Points and Ranges

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