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Improving Housing Standards

The Housing Standards Team is responsible for the assessment and improvement of private accommodation in our area.

Our objective is to make privately rented homes decent, safe and comfortable to live in.

Assessing a property

  • Our enforcement officers conduct a survey of the property to establish its condition
  • If we find conditions that contribute to a significant hazard we will contact your landlord and provide them with a list of repairs that are required to remove the hazard
  • Once repairs are completed we will re-inspect the property to ensure they are completed to the required standard

We use the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) to make the assessment of potential risks to the health and safety of occupants and, we have a range of enforcement powers to ensure that standards are achieved.

Under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System we have the following powers to deal with hazards in the home, these include:

Improvement Notice
This requires the person on whom it is served (usually the landlord) to carry out repairs within a certain period of time.

Hazard Awareness Notice
This advises the person on whom it is served that a  hazard exists at the property.

Prohibition Order
This prohibits the use of the property as living accommodation.

Emergency Actions
We have the power to undertake Remedial works or place prohibition orders immediately if the hazard poses an imminent risk to the health of the occupier

Where possible we will always try to work with the owner or landlord of a property to ensure that hazards are rectified and enforcement options are provided.

Approved Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations 2015
On October 1, 2015 the government introduced regulations requiring landlords to install and maintain smoke alarms with every rented property.

These alarms must be installed on each storey that contains a room used wholly or partly as living accommodation.

In addition the new act requires landlords to install and maintain a carbon monoxide alarm in each room that contains a solid fuel burning appliance.
For further details of these regulations can be found in the pdf icon Explanation Guide for Landlords and Tenants [155kb]. More information can also be found on the National Landlords Association Website.

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