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.

Housing Health & Safety Rating System Inspection

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 the landlord for our costs or take forward a prosecution or fine. For more information read the Housing Standards Booklet and the Housing Health & Safety Rating System leaflet.

Fire precautions in multi-occupied properties

Landlords and managers of multi-occupied residential buildings must ensure that they have an up to date Fire Risk Assessment. Make sure the recommendations of the assessment are completed and a copy is made available for the occupiers of the building.  You can also send a copy to Housing and Health.

Following the Grenfell Tower Inquiry landlords and managers of multi-occupied residential buildings must ensure that they check the fire doors urgently and then them every 3 months.  Fire safety instructions must also be provided to the occupants.  To see the full report click here.

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.

Gas safety

If a property contains a gas appliance the landlord must obtain a gas safety certificate from a gas safe registered contractor. The gas safety check must be carried out every 12 months and a copy of the certificate must be given to the tenant within one month.

Electrics

Landlords are required to ensure that the electrical installation is kept in good order.  The best way to ensure this is to have an Electrical Installation Condition Report. If you own a multi-occupied property there is a requirement to have one every five years.  New legislation (Part 5 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 ) will make this a requirement for most rented properties.

Energy Performance Certificates

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) must be provided to a tenant before they move in to the property.  To find if your property has a certificate please view the Energy Performance Certificate Register.

Since April 2019 properties with EPCs with a rating of F or G cannot be rented to a new tenant.  From April 2020 properties with a rating of F or G cannot be rented to a tenant.  For more information please visit here.

Eviction

Landlords must follow certain eviction procedures set out by law to get possession of the property back. The Protection from Eviction Act 1977 it is a criminal offence to unlawfully evict or harass a tenant such as:

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

For more information visit GOV.uk.

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