1. Standards in privately rented housing
We can take action against a landlord if a rented property is found to be in a dangerous condition.
We use the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) to assess defects within all private rented properties.
The law gives us a number of possible actions to deal with a housing hazard. In most cases, we will serve an improvement notice. Before doing this, we will usually ask the landlord to do the work that is needed voluntarily. If the landlord refuses we will serve the notice.
If we serve an improvement notice and the landlord does not act in the time allowed we can do the work ourselves and/or prosecute.
For more information on the Housing, Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) visit the GOV.UK website.
Further information regarding your rights and responsibilities as a landlord can be found in the landlords' handbook.