Agenda for Housing Committee on Wednesday, 18th January, 2023, 4.00pm

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Agenda and decisions

Venue: Council Chamber

Contact: Shaun Hughes  Democratic Services Officer

Items
No. Item

49.

Procedural Business

    (a)  Declaration of Substitutes: Where Councillors are unable to attend a meeting, a substitute Member from the same Political Group may attend, speak and vote in their place for that meeting.

     

    (b)  Declarations of Interest:

     

    (a)      Disclosable pecuniary interests;

    (b)      Any other interests required to be registered under the local code;

    (c)      Any other general interest as a result of which a decision on the matter might reasonably be regarded as affecting you or a partner more than a majority of other people or businesses in the ward/s affected by the decision.

     

    In each case, you need to declare

    (i)        the item on the agenda the interest relates to;

    (ii)      the nature of the interest; and

    (iii)     whether it is a disclosable pecuniary interest or some other interest.

     

    If unsure, Members should seek advice from the committee lawyer or administrator preferably before the meeting.

     

    (c)  Exclusion of Press and Public - To consider whether, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted, or the nature of the proceedings, the press and public should be excluded from the meeting when any of the following items are under consideration.

     

    NOTE: Any item appearing in Part Two of the Agenda states in its heading the category under which the information disclosed in the report is exempt from disclosure and therefore not available to the public.

     

    A list and description of the exempt categories is available for public inspection at Brighton and Hove Town Halls.

     

50.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 564 KB

    To consider the minutes of the meeting held on 16 November 2022.

     

51.

Chairs Communications

52.

Call Over

    (a)           All agenda items will be read out at the meeting and Members invited to reserve the items for consideration.

     

    (b)           Those items not reserved will be taken as having been received and the reports’ recommendations agreed.

     

53.

Public Involvement pdf icon PDF 434 KB

    To consider the following matters raised by members of the public:

     

    (a)       Petitions: to receive any petitions presented to the full council or at the meeting itself;

     

    (b)      Written Questions: to receive any questions submitted by the due date of 12 noon on the 12 January 2023;

     

    (c)    Deputations: to receive any deputations submitted by the due date of 12 noon on the 12 January 2023.

     

54.

Items Referred from Council

    To consider the following items referred from the Council meeting held on the 15 December 2022.

     

    (1)       Petition

    (2)       Deputation

    (3)       Notice of Motion

55.

Issues Raised by Members

    To consider the following matters raised by councillors:

     

    (a)      Petitions: to receive any petitions submitted to the full Council or at the meeting itself;

     

    (b)      Written Questions: to consider any written questions;

     

    (c)      Letters: to consider any letters;

     

    (d)    Notices of Motion: to consider any Notices of Motion referred from Council or submitted directly to the Committee.

     

56.

Operational Review of Allocations Plan & Request to review the Allocations Policy. pdf icon PDF 598 KB

57.

Housing Committee Workplan Progress Update and Housing Performance Report Quarter 2 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 281 KB

58.

Anti-Social Behaviour Policy pdf icon PDF 161 KB

59.

Private Sector Housing Update pdf icon PDF 577 KB

    Additional documents:

    Decision:

    RESOLVED: That Housing Committee:

     

    2.1      Agree that development of an in-house Ethical Lettings Agency will not be pursued at this time, though Committee may consider it in the future.

     

    2.2      Note the progress on the Selective Licensing Feasibility Study and the

    proposal to arrange a Housing Committee Member Workshop (early February 2023) on options to progress.

     

    2.3      Note that evidence suggests a new Additional HMO Licensing Scheme is potentially viable, and if so that required consultation on this should be linked to any consultation agreed to progress selective licensing.

     

    2.4      Agree a review of the current Private Sector Enforcement Policy is undertaken and that in the interim where appropriate proactive use of improvement notices is exercised against landlords and letting agents as referred to in 4.3.4. This review will, among other things, reflect the motion passed at Full Council in December 2022, requesting officers to bring a report to Housing Committee:

     

    a)       Reviewing the Council’s private sector housing enforcement policy to reduce tenants’ risk of ‘revenge evictions’ by serving ‘improvement notices’ and ‘emergency remedial action notices’ at the soonest opportunity

     

    b)       Outlining plans to display on the council website steps private renters can take regarding repairs requests and revenge eviction notices

     

    2.5      Note the options and restrictions relating to a ‘Rogue Landlord database’. To approve further investigation of the establishment a ‘Rogue Landlord database’ in Brighton & Hove and report back to Housing Committee in March 2023 and will continue to work towards a zero-tolerance approach to rogue landlords as agreed by this committee.

     

    2.6      Note activity during 2022/23 (to 30 November 2022) in relation to private sector housing enforcement.

60.

Housing Revenue Account Budget & Capital Investment Programme 2023/24 and Medium-Term Financial Strategy pdf icon PDF 432 KB

61.

Items referred for Full Council

    To consider items to be submitted to the 2 February 2023 Council meeting for information.

     

    In accordance with Procedure Rule 24.3a, the Committee may determine that any item is to be included in its report to Council. In addition, any Group may specify one further item to be included by notifying the Chief Executive no later than 10am on the eighth working day before the Council meeting at which the report is to be made, or if the Committee meeting take place after this deadline, immediately at the conclusion of the Committee meeting

     

     

62.

Part Two Proceedings

    To consider whether the items listed in Part Two of the agenda and decisions thereon should remain exempt from disclosure to the press and public.

 


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