Our homes have a powerful influence on our health and wellbeing. This has become even more apparent during 2020, when many of us spent much more time in our own homes than we normally would expect to and many of our residents were still dealing with the aftermath of the devastating floods in November 2019.
We have a statutory duty to keep the housing conditions in our area under review with a view to identifying any action that may need to be taken to address housing disrepair issues. In the majority of cases we will seek to form agreements to secure property improvement, however in some circumstances we will use legal enforcement measures to secure improvement if tenants are at risk.
Local Housing Allowance (LHA) applies to most tenants who rent their home from a private landlord.
Complaints about damp and mouldy properties are common especially during the winter months when condensation is more likely to occur. Disputes between landlords and tenants concerning who should take action to remedy a damp and/ or condensation problem are also not unusual owing to the complex range of factors that can lead to the problem occurring. This page will provide you with helpful information about what can be done to alleviate damp and mould problems and what we can do to assist.
Since the Government’s Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 came into force in April 2018, Doncaster continues to experience a wide range of reasons for homelessness, reinforcing the need for a wide partnership response to prevention. The Council has a statutory responsibility to provide housing to those who meet a range of criteria.
Information and advice on the requirements for EPCs in privately rented properties. This page also contains details of legal obligations for PRS landlords under the recently introduced Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards Regulations (MEES).
We recognise that most landlords fully understand their obligations to keep electrical installations in repair and good working order and that most already undertake regular electrical safety checks. However the regulations are changing and formal requirements for inspection at intervals of no more than five years are being phased in with effect from 1st June 2020.