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        Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

        Since 1st October 2015, private sector landlords have been required to ensure that at least one smoke alarm is installed on every storey of each of their rented properties, and that a carbon monoxide alarm is installed in any room which contains a solid fuel burning appliance. They are also required to ensure that such […]

        Enforcement Policy and Guidance for Private Sector Housing 2014

        For fairness and transparency, it is important that the Council is open about how it conducts itself by publishing an enforcement policy with associated guidance. As such, the Council adopted the Enforcement Policy and Guidance for Private Sector Housing 2014 in June 2014.

        How do you enforce housing standards?

        The following types of action are available to the Council: Improvement Notice – requires works to be carried out by the owner to remove the hazard Prohibition Order – this prohibits the use of a dwelling or part of a dwelling. Hazard Awareness Notice – this advises of the hazard and recommends remedial action. Emergency Remedial Action – where […]

        How do you assess housing conditions in rented properties?

        The Private Sector Housing Team works with landlords and tenants to ensure the legal standards for housing are met. If a tenant makes a complaint about poor housing conditions, we will investigate, and if needed, require the landlord to carry out repairs or improvements. Examples of works which may be required include: leaking roofs and gutters […]

        What do you consider a housing hazard?

        A Physiological Requirements 1. Damp and mould growth Exposure to house dust mites, damp, mould or fungal growths 2. Excess cold Exposure to low temperatures 3. Excess heat Exposure to high temperatures. 4. Asbestos (and manufactured mineral fibres) Exposure to asbestos fibres or manufactured mineral fibres. 5. Biocides Exposure to chemicals used to treat timber […]

        What are the minimum standards that meet the Decent Homes Standard?

        In addition to the new Housing Act, the Government is keen to ensure all housing meets a minimum standard. When inspecting properties the Council must have regard to this standard. The Decent Homes Standard is connected to the Housing Health and Safety Rating System, and any works required by the Council may be enough to […]

        How do you assess hazards in rented properties?

        The Housing Act 2004 introduced a new way of assessing the suitability of living accommodation. From the 6 April 2006, the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) has been used to assess all types of accommodation.  This includes: flats houses student houses houses in multiple occupation It affects both rented and owner-occupied properties. The […]

        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 of the district, 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 property when they […]

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