Statutory guidance

Civil penalties under the Housing and Planning Act 2016

Statutory guidance for local housing authorities on civil penalties.

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Civil penalties under the Housing and Planning Act 2016

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Guidance to help local authorities use their powers to impose a civil penalty as an alternative to prosecution for certain housing offences.

The Housing and Planning Act 2016 provides powers that permit local authorities to impose a civil penalty of up to £30,000 as an alternative to prosecution for a range of offences under the Housing Act 2004, and where a landlord or property agent has breached a banning order under the Housing and Planning Act 2016.

Civil penalties for certain housing offences came into force on 6 April 2017. The guidance has been updated to reflect that from 6 April 2018 a civil penalty can also be imposed for breach of a banning order.

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Published 6 April 2017
Last updated 6 April 2018 + show all updates
  1. The guidance has been updated to reflect that from 6 April 2018 a civil penalty can also be imposed for breach of a banning order.
  2. First published.