Understanding your rights and responsibility under a tenancy will assist landlords and tenants in helping to make sure lettings run smoothly and that both parties have a clear understanding of their relationship. Deposits in the private rented sector now need to held centrally in a government operated scheme. Eviction can be a complex area of the law and the requirements to be able to use eviction notices has changed.
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 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.
The government's response to the Coronavirus pandemic has imposed restrictions which are relevant for landlords in the private rented sector. However landlords can still access and market their properties and ensure that works are carried out to meet legal obligations and ensure tenant welfare whilst observing social distancing measures.
Tenants are protected from illegal eviction and harassment by the Protection from Eviction Act (1977). It's vitally important that you feel safe and secure in your home and you should not tolerate threats or harassment from your landlord. There are clear legal processes to follow if your landlord wishes to end your tenancy. If they fail to follow these steps they may be acting illegally and the Housing Enforcement team can intervene.
Information for landlords and tenants about the effective and safe management of private rented accommodation. Our aim is to raise awareness and improve standards through a process of Education, Empowerment & Enforcement. Areas we cover include houses in multiple occuaption (HMOs),houses rented by single households, park homes & caravan sites. You can find information covering landlord and tenant responsibilities including repairs, fire safety,electrical Safety, energy efficiency & damp and mould hazards.
From 1st June 2019, most tenant fees are now banned. The ban also applied to guarantors
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.