Civil Penalty Notices for housing offences

The Housing Act 2004 was amended by the Housing and Planning Act 2016 to enable local authorities to impose a financial penalty as an alternative to prosecution for certain housing offences.

Birmingham City Council wants to support responsible landlords who provide decent and well maintained homes. However, a small number of landlords knowingly rent out unsafe and substandard accommodation. 

  • Civil Penalties have now been adopted by the Council and are set out in the Civil Penalty Notice Policy.
  • Civil Penalties are in line with the current Magistrates Court Sentencing Guidelines and are consistent with recent fines.
  • Civil Penalties take into consideration the nature of the offences and their seriousness, the behaviour and culpability of the landlord, as well as the landlord’s income.

If applied, Civil Penalties can result in a quicker and more cost effective method of enforcement action.

The Civil Penalties have been developed by officers from a number of West Midland Authorities in order to provide consistency across the region.

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