New Clause 22 - Enforcement by county councils which are not local housing authorities: duty to notify

Renters (Reform) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 3:00 pm ar 28 Tachwedd 2023.

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“(1) A county council in England—

(a) which is not a local housing authority, and

(b) which proposes to take enforcement action in respect of a breach of, or an offence under, the landlord legislation,

must notify any local housing authority in whose area the breach or offence occurred.

(2) If the county council notifies a local housing authority under subsection (1) but does not take the action referred to in that subsection, it must notify the local housing authority of that fact.

(3) Where a local housing authority receives a notification under subsection (1), the authority is relieved of the duty under section 58(1) in relation to the breach or offence unless the authority receives notification under subsection (2).

(4) Subsection (5) applies where—

(a) a county council in England which is not a local housing authority has imposed a financial penalty in respect of a breach of, or an offence under, the landlord legislation, and

(b) the final notice imposing the penalty has not been withdrawn.

(5) The county council must as soon as reasonably practicable notify any local housing authority in whose area the breach or offence occurred if—

(a) the period for bringing an appeal against the penalty expires without an appeal being brought,

(b) an appeal against the penalty is withdrawn or abandoned, or

(c) the final notice imposing the penalty is confirmed or varied on appeal.

(6) A county council in England—

(a) which is not a local housing authority, and

(b) which institutes proceedings against a person for an offence under the landlord legislation,

must as soon as reasonably practicable notify any local housing authority in whose area the offence occurred if the person is convicted of the offence.”—

This new clause requires county councils in England which are not local housing authorities to notify a local housing authority in relation to enforcement action taken in respect of a breach of, or an offence under, the landlord legislation which occurs in the area of the authority. It is expected to go into the Bill after clause 59.

Brought up, read the First and Second time, and added to the Bill.