Private sector housing

Advice and information on all housing not owned by the Council including private rented and owner occupied properties.

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Are you a Responsible Landlord! Information and support for landlords and lettings agents. Launched in partnership with Cornwall Residential Landlords Association, Association of Residential Letting Agents and the South West Landlord Association.

 Through our work we hope to ensure that all housing within the private sector is in a good state of repair, is decent, and is safe for the occupants to live in. We would also like to improve access to decent affordable housing and are working to encourage the owners of empty properties to bring these much needed homes back into occupation.

If a property fails to meet certain standards, we can advise owner-occupiers, private landlords and tenants on their responsibilities and may resolve problems by means of information, advice and where appropriate enforcement action. If you wish to find out more about our enforcement options you can find more details in our Private sector housing enforcement policy.

Please use the links in the menu for more information.


  • Enforce standards in privately rented properties to ensure that properties are safe and healthy.
  • Licence and inspect Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs).
  • Promote energy efficiency improvements in partnership with Community Energy Plus and Cornwall Energy Efficiency Advice Centre.
  • Provide information to landlords and tenants.
  • Provide help and assistance to homeowners who want to return their empty properties to residential use.