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Private rented accommodation

Advice for landlords and tenants

Housing standards enforcement officers are responsible for inspecting property conditions within the private rented sector. They target unfit properties, overcrowding and poor maintenance through education and enforcement, which can lead to legal action.

If you experience problems with the condition of your rented property, our housing standards officers can help and advise with issues including disrepair, fire safety in flats and bedsits, overcrowding conditions, inadequate facilities, dangerous fixtures and structural damage

Our aim is to improve the poorest housing within the private rented sector by tackling issues that affect the health, safety and wellbeing of families and individuals who have least control over the standard of their living accommodation.

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Renting and letting

For more information and advice on renting out a property and how to let, please visit the following GOV.UK websites:

Fire safety

Smoke and carbon monoxide alarm regulations 2022

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (Amendment) Regulations 2022 come into force on 1 October 2022. The requirements are enforced by local authorities who can impose a fine of up to £5,000 where a landlord fails to comply with a remedial notice.

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