Civil Penalties Guidance
Local housing authorities have the power to impose civil penalties for up to £30,000 on individuals and companies for certain specified offences under the Housing Act 2004 as an alternative to prosecution.
In accordance with s249A of the 2004 Act, the amount of the financial penalty is to be determined by the local housing authority.
We have produced a Civil Penalties Guidance document that will complement the St Helens Private Sector Housing Enforcement Policy to ensure that a level playing field is created for all landlords by dealing robustly with irresponsible landlords who fail to comply with their legal obligations.
National Fire Safety Guidance
The Fire Safety guidance in residential property leaflet provides advice and information for tenants regarding landlords obligations towards fire safety.
Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
Landlords in the social and private rented sector must give a new tenant a copy of an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for the property they are renting. The EPC includes a rating for its energy efficiency level and environmental impact plus it will recommend measures which, if implemented will help to improve the energy rating of the property. This means the property can be more energy efficient and cost the tenant a lot less money to heat it up.
More information is available for tenants in the EPC tenants booklet
Gas safety Certificates
Landlords have a responsibility to ensure supplied gas appliances e.g. boilers, fires, gas ovens and hobs included in the rental charge are serviced annually. Servicing and repairs must be completed by a registered Gas Safe engineer. If you wish to check on a gas engineer or you would like any advice on gas safety issues then please visit the Gas Safe website
Further advice relating to gas safety in the private rented sector is available from the Shelter the housing and homeless charity website.
The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015
The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 came into effect on the 1 October 2015 and all landlords must now fit at least one smoke alarm on every floor of their property
They must also provide and fit a carbon monoxide alarm in any room that has a solid fuel burning appliance (e.g. a coal fire, wood burning stove).
Landlords must also make sure smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are in working order at the start of every new tenancy.
The new regulations are enforced by the local authority and our officers will be able to impose fines (up to £5,000) on a landlord who fails to comply with a notice we send to him/her that instructs them to supply and fit working alarms in their property.
Please read each of the following leaflets to see how these changes will affect you.
- Statement of Principles for Monetary Penalty Charges how the regulations will be enforced.
- The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015: Q&A booklet for the private rented sector,
- Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015.
Landlords should be aware that the regulations do not contain all the fire safety requirements which their premises may be subject to. There are fire safety requirements under other legislation which may be applicable, such as under Part 1 of the Housing Act 2004 and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
From 1 February 2016, all private landlords in England must make certain check to ensure their tenant has the right to rent a property in the UK. The new requirement is enforced by the Home Office and more information can be obtained from the official Gov.uk website.
How to get in touch with us
If you would like to raise a Service Request, please contact us by telephone or e-mail using the details below. Alternatively you can use the on-line Service Request form.
If you have any comments about the Council's Housing Enforcement Policy, please let us know using the e-mail address below.
Contact can also be made with Private Sector Housing by one of the following methods:
Telephone: (01744) 676789
Write to: Private Housing Initiatives, Town Hall, Victoria Square, St Helens, WA10 1HP