Private sector housing

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

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  • Enforce standards in privately rented properties to ensure that properties are safe and healthy
  • Licence and inspect Houses of multiple occupation (HMOs)
  • Provide information to landlords and tenants
  • Provide help and assistance to homeowners who want to return their empty properties to residential use.

The definition of a licensable HMO is changing. The storey count is being removed, therefore if you have a property where there are 5 or more people (forming 2 or more households), where there is sharing of amenities such as kitchen, WC or bathrooms, you will require a licence.

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If you are the owner of an empty property we can provide support and assistance to help you bring it back into habitable use. 

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The Responsible Landlord Scheme supports private landlords and lettings agents to provide better quality accommodation whilst keeping up to date with what the law requires of them.

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Tell us about housing in the private sector which does meet suitable letting standards or does not comply with current legislation.

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Documents which govern the work of Private Sector Housing can be found in this area.

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From the 1st April 2018 Private landlords were restricted from creating or renewing new tenancies where the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) was rated F or G. This requirement will apply to all private rented properties and existing tenancies from 1st April 2020.

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