1. Standards in privately rented housing
Our Private Sector Housing Team has powers to deal with poor housing conditions
When we become aware of a hazard, we will first talk to the owner/landlord to try and get them to reduce the risk in a reasonable time.
Using the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) to assess defects within private rented properties councils have a duty to take some enforcement action where Category 1 hazards exist. They also have a discretionary power to take enforcement action where there are Category 2 hazards.
Where improvements are not made within a reasonable time period, we may take formal action to deal with Category 1 hazards, but this may not be the case with Category 2 hazards as due to resourcing constraints we will only use our discretionary powers in exceptional circumstances.
Please visit the GOV.UK website for more information on the Housing, Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS).
Further information regarding your rights and responsibilities as a landlord can be found in our landlords' handbook.