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        How do you assess conditions in rented properties?

        Council Officers can be asked to visit a property by a tenant, an owner, or a neighbour.

        Our Officers can also visit during routine surveys and when they suspect there maybe a hazard in the property.

        Each officer of the Private Sector Housing Team has the authority to request access to a residential property.

        What happens in the inspection?

        Our Officers will make a full inspection, looking at the whole of the living accommodation, the garden, access paths, and any areas shared with other properties or dwellings (such as the common hallway and stairs in a block of flats).

        The officer will record the problems found at the property that could lead to any of the hazards detailed in the Hazard Profiles table.

        What happens after the inspection?

        Following the inspection, the officer will go back to the office and carry out an assessment of each hazard.   They will consider the likelihood of something happening and then consider the possible effect it could have on the health and safety of an occupier or visitor.

        How are hazards measured?

        Each hazard is given a score, and then given a representative banding between A-J.

        • Any hazard falling within A and C is called a Category 1 hazard.
        • Any hazard falling within D and J is called a Category 2 hazard.

        Category 1 Hazards

        The Council has a mandatory duty to deal with Category 1 hazards. To deal with them an officer must respond by taking enforcement action.

        • A Category 1 hazards are considered the most serious.

        Category 2 Hazards

        • The Council has a discretionary power to deal with Category 2 hazards. This means they may give advice, or take enforcement action.


        The Council will have regard to the Enforcement Policy and Guidance document before taking any formal action.

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