Selective Licensing: The Basis for a Collaborative Approach to Addressing Health Inequalities, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Selective Licensing

The Basis for a Collaborative Approach to Addressing Health Inequalities, 1st Edition

By Paul Oatt


96 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367429195
pub: 2020-01-06
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In recent years the private rented sector has overtaken social housing to become the main housing provider with some of the worse housing conditions that are linked to preventable health inequalities. This book seeks to expand upon previous research in the area with a focus on selective licensing and enforcement, using a case study to illustrate changes in working practices that have been bought about through new powers being made available to local authorities to issue civil financial penalties upon criminal landlords.

The book examines the impact of this legislation on regulatory enforcement in the London Borough of Newham’s property licensing scheme, delivered in a multi-agency partnership across its private rented sector and the outcomes of combining the use of licensing and traditional housing inspections with use of civil penalties in alternative to prosecution to address some of the worse effects of poor housing.

The study also considers the limitations of employing informal actions to address such issues as well as identifying both the barriers to collaboration and the most effective strategies for service delivery where agencies – such as the police, border agency, council tax, and local planning, irrespective of inter-agency competition – work together to achieve individual and shared objectives in evolving partnerships. The findings here will be of keen interest to both environmental health professionals, academics, and indeed those operating in local authorities themselves.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements List of Abbreviations List of Figures List of Tables List of Photographs 1. Introduction 2. The Case Study 3. HHSRS or Licensing? 4. The Policy Analysis 5. A Small Literature Review Index

About the Author

Paul Oatt is a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner and is experienced in public health interventions relating to housing and pollution through the improvement of standards of both owner-occupied and privately rented housing. He has worked in Environmental Health for almost 17 years. Since 2013 Paul has worked at Newham Council enforcing borough wide licensing. He now also works part time for Havering Council assisting them with their additional licensing enforcement. Paul holds a BSc(Hons) in Environmental Health and recently completed an MSc in Public Health Management at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Over the years he has used many of the available enforcement tools in order to ensure landlords either achieve compliance and reduce hazards to health, or face legal consequences.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Environmental
LAW / Government / State, Provincial & Municipal
LAW / Landlord & Tenant
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Construction / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General