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Standards in Private Housing


We regulate the private rented sector to ensure that accommodation provided contains no serious hazards under the Housing Health & Safety Rating System. We visit properties following requests for advice by tenants, complaints from members of the public or third parties to ensure that properties meet the minimum requirements e.g. heating, hot water, electrics.

If during a visit to your property a defect is identified you will be informed what the defect is and what action is needed to resolve it. In most cases landlords will carry out repairs in a reasonable time, however when this does not happen we can serve notices and in some cases carry out the work, charge you for our costs or take forward a prosecution. For more information read the Housing Standards Booklet and the Housing Health & Safety Rating System leaflet.

If your property contains a gas appliance you need to obtain a gas safety certificate from a gas safe registered contractor. The certificate must be obtained every 12 months and given to your tenant within one month. You are also required to ensure that the electrical installation is kept in good order and any furniture or furnishing provided meets the required fire safety standards.

If you own a property occupied by more than one household, for example shared houses, converted flats and bedsits, the standards are greater and you are advised to contact us to make sure your property is up to the required standard. See our HMO pages for more information.

Don’t forget if you are looking to rent your property out you will need to provide an energy performance certificate.

Eviction

If you need to evict your tenant you must follow certain eviction procedures set out by law to get your property back. Illegally evicting or harassing a tenant is a crime.

Under The Protection from Eviction Act 1977 it is a criminal offence for a Landlord to:

Threaten to or actually evict a residential occupier from their property without proper notice and a court order.

You must not harass the tenant by interfering with their ‘peace and comfort’ or withdraw or withhold services reasonably required for the tenant to occupy the property such as gas, electric or water.

Find out how you can regain possession of your property and a tenant's rights against illegal eviction and harassment by checking GOV.uk.

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