Decision Maker: Economy and Growth Committee
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: Yes
To seek approval for the adoption of the Unlawful Eviction and Harassment Policy.
The Committee considered the Unlawful Eviction and Harassment Policy.
The Unlawful Eviction and Harassment Policy had been developed to ensure that residents knew their legal rights and the support they could access if they were or were threatened with eviction. The Policy identified a prompt, clear and co-ordinated response by the Council, in partnership with its customers, landlords, and partners agencies to deal with allegations of harassment and unlawful eviction.
The Committee asked how residents would be made aware of the policy, especially vulnerable persons. In response it was stated that awareness would be through promotion and education. The Policy would be promoted on social media, copies of the Policy to be produced in various languages, through working with landlords of private rental properties and of houses of multiple occupation and their licensing, and through contact with various Council’s departments.
The Committee unanimously RESOLVED:
1. to approve the Unlawful Eviction and Harassment Policy, as set out in appendix 1 to the report, and
2 to authorise the Director of Growth and Enterprise, in consultation with the Chair of the Economy and Growth Committee, to make further amendments to the Policy to ensure ongoing compliance with the law and guidance from the Government.
Report author: Karen Carsberg
Publication date: 21/03/2022
Date of decision: 17/03/2022
Decided at meeting: 17/03/2022 - Economy and Growth Committee
Effective from: 29/03/2022