Enforcement of standards in private rented sector

Dan Wilson Craw made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Kirklees Borough Council as part of a batch sent to 18 authorities

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Roedd y cais yn rhannol lwyddiannus.

Dear Kirklees Borough Council,

Please provide the following information for the financial year 2020-21:
1. How many service requests did the council receive that related to conditions in private rented homes?
2. How many inspections of private rented homes did the council carry out a) in response to service requests and b) as part of licensing enforcement?
3. In how many private rented homes did the council find Category 1 Hazards during inspections?
4. How many a) Improvement Notices b) Prohibition Orders and c) Emergency Remedial Action Notices did the council issue in relation to private rented homes?
5. How many successful prosecutions of private landlords or agents for offences relating to rented housing did the council carry out?
6. How many a) notices of intent and b) final notices relating to civil penalties for housing offences did the council impose?
7. How many Rent Repayment Orders did the council a) successfully apply for and b) assist an occupier to apply for?
8. How many allegations did the council record of offences under the Protection from Eviction Act 1977?
9. How many enforcement notices did the council serve relating to Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards?
10. How many prosecutions did the council pursue for offences relating to a) mandatory licensing of HMOs and b) discretionary licensing of houses?

Yours faithfully,

Dan Wilson Craw

Freedom Info, Kirklees Borough Council

RE: 28829 - Private Rented Sector Enforcement

Dear Dan Wilson,

I confirm receipt of your information request and that we are dealing with this and will respond to you in due course.

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Information Governance

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dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Freedom Info, Kirklees Borough Council

1 Atodiad

Dear Dan Wilson Craw,

 

I am writing in response to your request 08/02/2022. This has been dealt
with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

The Council’s response to your specific questions is set out below:

 

Please provide the following information for the financial year 2020-21:

 

1. How many service requests did the council receive that related to
conditions in private rented homes?

 

849

 

2. How many inspections of private rented homes did the council carry out
a) in response to service requests and b) as part of licensing
enforcement?  

 

We do not separately record which properties are visited as we operate a
triage system. We would have to look at each individual record, 849 in
total, at an average of ten minutes per individual electronic file. See
attached s12 refusal notice.

 

3. In how many private rented homes did the council find Category 1
Hazards during inspections?

 

We do not separately record which properties are visited as we operate a
triage system. I would have to look at each individual record, 849 in
total, at an average of ten minutes per individual electronic file. See
attached s12 refusal notice.

 

4. How many a) Improvement Notices b) Prohibition Orders and c) Emergency
Remedial Action Notices did the council issue in relation to private
rented homes?

 

a) 17 b) 1 c) 0

 

5. How many successful prosecutions of private landlords or agents for
offences relating to rented housing did the council carry out?

 

0. Kirklees Council undertakes a policy of civil penalties rather than
prosecutions.

 

6. How many a) notices of intent and b) final notices relating to civil
penalties for housing offences did the council impose?

 

a) 2 b) 6

 

7. How many Rent Repayment Orders did the council a) successfully apply
for and b) assist an occupier to apply for?

 

a) 0 b) 0

 

8. How many allegations did the council record of offences under the
Protection from Eviction Act 1977?

 

Allegations of offences under the PFEA 1977 are not separately recorded
and would be within our tenancy relations cases. Again, this would require
the examination of each individual file which would take approximately ten
minutes per file and the files number in the hundreds for tenancy
relations. See attached s12 refusal notice.

 

9. How many enforcement notices did the council serve relating to Minimum
Energy Efficiency Standards?

 

0

 

10. How many prosecutions did the council pursue for offences relating to
a) mandatory licensing of HMOs and b) discretionary licensing of houses?

 

0

 

If you are not content with the handling of your request, you have the
right to ask for an internal review.  Requests for internal reviews should
be submitted within 2 months of the date of receipt of the response to
your original request and should be addressed to the Monitoring Officer,
1^st Floor, Civic Centre 3, Market Street, Huddersfield HD1 2EY. 
Alternatively, you can send an email to:
[1][email address]. 

 

Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of any review you have the right
under section 50 of the 2000 Act to apply to the Information Commissioner
for a decision as to whether your request for information has been dealt
with in accordance with the requirements of the Act.  The Information
Commissioner’s website is at [2]www.ico.org.uk and gives more information
about the role and duties of the Commissioner.  The ICO telephone helpline
on 0303 123 1113 or 01625 545745 is available between 9am and 5pm, Monday
to Friday.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Information Governance Team

Kirklees Council, Governance Service

Telephone: 01484 221000 (voice activated switchboard – please ask for
Freedom of Information)

 

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