The Committee for the Environment & Infrastructure - P.2020/30
The States are asked to decide:
Whether, after consideration of the Policy Letter entitled 'Proposed Introduction of a General Housing Law', dated 28th February 2020, they are of the opinion:-
1. To agree the introduction of primary, enabling legislation to allow for regulation of the Island's housing, other than control of occupation, including provision for the matters set out in Appendix 1 to the policy letter.
2. To approve the introduction of a statutory Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) in Guernsey to assess the quality of housing and the introduction of basic housing standards for rented dwellings as set out in sections 4.1 - 4.10 of the policy letter.
3. To approve the introduction of a statutory licensing system for houses in multiple occupation as set out in sections 4.11 - 4.24 of the policy letter.
4. To approve the introduction of a statutory registration system for all private rented dwellings, as set out in sections 4.25 - 4.36 of the policy letter.
5. To approve the introduction of a statutory deposit protection scheme for private rented dwellings, as set out in sections 4.37 - 4.52 of the policy letter.
6. To approve the enforcement measures in relation to housing standards outlined in section 5 of the policy letter.
7. To approve the amendment of other legislation relevant to housing standards to do the following, where consistent with the purposes and scheme of that other legislation -
a) harmonise terms used to describe different types of housing with those proposed under the new housing standards legislation;
b) provide for consistency with the new housing standards legislation, and
c) avoid duplication of inspections and other enforcement procedures included in the new housing standards legislation.
8. To direct the preparation of such legislation that may be necessary so as to give effect to the above decisions.
The above Propositions have been submitted to Her Majesty's Procureur for advice on any legal or constitutional implications in accordance with Rule 4(1) of the Rules of Procedure of the States of Deliberation and their Committees.