What action can the council take?
If a category one hazard is found, the local authority officer will provide the tenant, landlord and other interested parties (such as owners and agents) with a report and a list of remedies. The officer will discuss the work needed with the tenant and landlord and come to an agreement on a reasonable timescale in which to get the work completed.
If work does not progress the officer has a duty to take action.
Action can include
The serving of a Housing Act Notice, such as:
• An Improvement Notice
• A Hazard Awareness Notice
• A Prohibition Notice
• An Emergency Prohibition Notice
• A Demolition Order
Under the council’s enforcement policy there is a charge for serving certain notices (improvement notices, prohibition orders and taking emergency remedial action). At the current minimum, there will be a charge of £240 for each notice – although this may be increased if, for example, plans of the house are required.