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Freedom of information request response - 06287

FOI request

FOI ID number
06287
Regarding
Prohibition Orders
Request

I am writing to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act for information regarding Prohibition Orders under the Housing Act 2004.

Specifically, I would like the following information:

  1. The details of all Prohibition Orders served within the council area since 2013. Please include the date issued, the date completed, whether the work was carried out by the council or by the owner, the building’s usage (residential, industrial, business, etc), the nature and seriousness of the disrepair, the nature of remedial action.

  2. Details of all civil penalties given out relating to Prohibition Orders each year since 2013, including the nature of the disrepair and the amount requested.

  3. Details of all rent repayment orders given out relating to prohibition orders each year since 2013, including the nature of the disrepair and the amount requested.
  4. Details of all banning orders given out relating to prohibition orders each year since 2013, including the nature of the disrepair and the amount requested. If this information could be broken down by request that would be very much appreciated.

I would like this information in electronic form, preferably as a CSV file or word document.

If my request is denied in whole or in part, I ask that you justify all deletions by reference to specific exemptions of the act.

Our response

Response
  1. Please see table and schedules of work below.
  2. No civil penalties have been served
  3. No rent repayment orders have been served.
  4. No Banning Orders have been given out.

Housing Act 2004 Prohibition Orders

Information on who carried out the remedial action is not held at the council. It is assumed that the landlord organised the works to be carried out.

All the notices were served regarding residential properties.

Flare reference: 509 Prohibition Order.
Date served: 1 October, 2018.
Nature of Disrepair:
Category 1 hazards for: falls on stairs, electrical hazards, and excess cold.
Category 2 hazards for: fire, and personal hygiene, sanitation and drainage.
Category of Hazard:
Category 1 hazards for: falls on stairs, electrical hazards, and excess cold.
Category 2 hazards for: fire, and personal hygiene, sanitation and drainage.
Nature of Remedial Action: See below:

509

Falls on Stairs - Required remediation

  1. No solution has been identified that will address the hazards identified in respect of the reconfiguration of the winders at the bathroom entrance, the steep and winding nature of the staircase from the ground to the first floor and the uneven treads and risers from the ground floor associated with the living room and bathroom access. Please note that the remediation below is proposed on the basis that the overall risk posed by the main staircase can be/have been resolved:

  2. Re-site the electrical switch which is surface mounted on a riser at the foot of the main staircase to a suitable location.

  3. Remove the mirror from the foot of the main staircase as this is likely to increase the severity of any injury arising to a person who falls on the stairs.

  4. Replace the stair carpets to both internal staircases with a floor covering with non-slip treads and nosings to reduce the likelihood of falls on the stairs.

  5. Repair or renew the treads to the steps outside the rear door leaving the treads level and in good repair.

  6. Provide artificial lighting to illuminate the steps outside the rear door.

  7. Provide and fix a handrail to the steps outside the rear door.

Electrical Hazards – Required remediation

  1. Arrange for an electrical engineer who is affiliated with NICEIC, NAPIT or equivalent to carry out a test and produce an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) for the premises. Provide a copy of the EICR to Environmental Services.

  2. Carry out all works identified in the EIC Report that are identified as C1 and C2.

Damp and Mould - Required remediation

  1. Provide a ventilation system in the basement kitchen sufficient to ensure that moisture laden air can be extracted during cooking. Install a new mechanical extractor fan with time delay and wired to the lighting switch. Include all necessary openings through the structure, wiring fittings and ducting to the external air. All work to be done in accordance with the latest edition of the Institute of Electrical Engineers Regulations. On completion, test and leave in proper working order.

  2. Clean all black mould growth off the affected walls in the under stairs kitchen cupboard using a suitable anti fungicidal solution used strictly in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

  3. Overhaul the existing extractor fan to the bathroom or provide and install a new mechanical extractor fan with time delay and wired to the lighting switch. Include all necessary openings through the structure, wiring fittings and ducting to the external air.

  4. Examine the shower tray in the bathroom, renew the seals as necessary and carry out any other work required to prevent leakage of water from the shower onto the bathroom floor.

  5. Provide space heating in the first floor rear room. This work to be carried out in conjunction with the work undertaken to address the “excess cold hazard”. See below.

Excess Cold – Required remediation

  1. Engage a suitably qualified central heating engineer to design, supply and fix an appropriate gas fired controllable central heating system to the property ensuring that the house can be economically maintained at a minimum temperature of 18 degrees Celsius when the outside temperature is -1 degrees Celsius. All pipe work where possible is to be boxed in or lagged. All gas works are to be carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer in accordance with the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998. Gas Safety Certification is required to be presented to this Department upon completion.

  2. Insulate the loft or, as needed, top up the existing level of insulation to a minimum thickness of 270mm mineral wool (or equivalent depending on material to be used) as specified under the current Building Regulations.

  3. Provide effective draught proofing to the bathroom ceiling.

  4. If you decide to continue to provide secondary heating (electric fire) in the living room this must be a fixed appliance connected by a fused spur outlet to the electricity supply. Please note: You may propose an alternative heating system which must be agreed with this department before installation.

Fire - Required remediation

  1. Arrange for an electrical engineer who is affiliated with NICEIC, NAPIT or equivalent to carry out a test and produce an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) for the premises. Provide a copy of the EICR to Environmental Services.

  2. Carry out all works identified in the EIC Report that are identified as C1 and C2.

  3. Examine the seals to the oven door and carry out all works necessary to ensure that heat from the oven cannot affect the kitchen units.

  4. Replace the existing internal door that leads from the living room to the head of the basement staircase with a close fitting door capable of resisting the spread of smoke. For example, a sound, well-constructed and close fitting conventional door would be appropriate.

  5. Provide interlinked mains wired smoke alarms with integral battery backup in the escape route at ground and first floor levels and at the foot of the basement stairs. Alternative works may be proposed, provided they achieve the same level of protection.

Personal hygiene, sanitation and drainage - Required remediation

  1. Arrange for the macerator unit under the kitchen sink to be serviced leaving it in good working order. Provide certification for the service carried out. Carry out all other works necessary to ensure that waste water from the kitchen discharges correctly to the drainage system.

Response date
09 August 2019