When the council receives a complaint regarding disrepair from a tenant in the private rented sector, it is our duty to inspect the property and highlight any deficiencies that contribute towards the 29 hazards under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS).
The council will work with landlords by giving them information and advice, however, where landlords are not willing to engage, legal notices can and will be used to secure necessary improvements to dwellings in the private rented sector in accordance with the council’s Private Sector Housing Enforcement Policy. Where said notice s are not complied with, prosecution may follow.
The various notices that a Housing Standards Enforcement Officer may serve under the Housing Act 2004 include, but are not limited to:
Full information can be found in Part 1 of the Housing Act 2004 (p.1 - 54)