Received: 14 May 2020
I am researching the enforcement of housing regulation in the Private Rented Sector (PRS) by London boroughs. Local Authorities (such as London's boroughs) are named as the primary enforcement agency in much of legislation that regulates the PRS, for example the Tenant Fees Act 2019. I am researching how London's local authorities go about fulfilling this role as primary enforcers.
I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act to request the following information about PRS enforcement in your local authority. I request the following items which I have not been able to find in the detail required on your website or other council publications.
Expenditure on Enforcement Activity
1. The total annual expenditure on regulation of the Private Rented Sector (PRS) by the council (including paying employees, expenses, transport, supplies, services and support services) for years 18-19 and 19-20.
2. The staffing complement working on PRS regulation by number of full-time equivalent posts for years 18-19 and 19-20. For example, two people each working 18 hours a week equal one full-time post. NB: work on PRS enforcement may occur across several 'teams' as understood within your borough's organisational structure. Only those working on enforcement need to be counted.
3. The total expenditure of the department in which PRS enforcement sits for years 18-19 and 19-20. (For example, Southwark's 'Housing Enforcement' team expenditure was £1,119,000 in 19-20, and sits within the Environment and Leisure' department, whose expenditure was £131,371,000 in 19-20.)
4. The borough's total annual expenditure across all departments for years 18-19 and 19-20.
If your council produces a Budget Book, this may contain some very similar information, for example overall budgets but not expenditure. Please note I am writing this FOI because I have not found all of the above information on your website.
Volume of Enforcement Activity
1. The total number of convictions, penalties and fines issued to landlords and letting agents that have been secured by your local authority in years 18-19 and 19-20, with a record of whether the penalties and fines were civil or criminal.
2. The total pound (£) value of fines issued to landlords and letting agents by your local authority in years 18-19 and 19-20.
3. The number of licenses issued for PRS properties in the borough in years 18-19 and 19-20, broken down by whether those licenses were part of mandatory, additional or selective schemes.
4. The total current number of licensed private rented properties in the borough, broken down by mandatory, additional and selective schemes.
5. The total pound (£) value of revenue raised via the issuing of mandatory, additional or selective licenses issued for PRS properties in your borough in years 18-19 and 19-20, and the current per-property cost of purchasing a license for each of the schemes active in your borough.
6. The total number of properties against which planning enforcement action has been taken against a person (e.g. the owner or a tenant) letting the property as temporary sleeping accommodation on a short-term basis for more than the maximum 90 nights permitted without planning permission.
7. Does your borough submit all successful enforcement activity against landlords and letting agents, including criminal convictions and civil penalties, to the Greater London Authority (GLA) 'Rogue Landlord and Agent Checker'?
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Outcome / Documents
- Response (some exempt) - application/pdf - Download