1.1 The Private Sector Housing Team aims to support the local economy and promote continuing growth whilst making sure that there is a balanced housing market that provides for a range of individual needs and income The Council is committed to fair and effective enforcement, which protects both the economic interest and health and safety of the public, businesses and the environment.
1.2 The main objective of enforcement action is to ensure that non-compliance in the local housing market is addressed in the most effective way to ensure that compliance is achieved for the benefit of all.
1.3 This document sets out the enforcement policy for the Council’s Private Sector Housing Team when dealing with non-compliance of laws enforced by this Service.
1.4 The content of the Private Sector Housing Enforcement Policy has been written having regard to:
The Regulators Compliance Code – which promotes proportionate, consistent and targeted regulatory activity through transparent and effective dialogue and understanding between regulators and those they regulate. Regulators must have regard for this code when developing policies and procedures that guide their regulatory activity. A copy of the code is available on request or may be downloaded from
In certain situations we may decide that a provision in the Code is either not relevant or is outweighed by another provision. We will ensure that any decision to depart from the Code will be properly reasoned, based on material evidence and documented.
The Enforcement Concordat – The concordat is a voluntary, non – statutory code of practice which Portsmouth City Council has signed up to. It sets out principles with regards to good enforcement practice. The principles cover: Standards of Service and Performance, Openness, Helpfulness, Proportionality, Consistency and Complaints about Service.