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.
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.
Landlords have a legal obligation to make sure that the risk posed by fire is managed and that safety measures are in place to reduce the risk. Council officers carrying out risk based inspections under the HHSRS must consider fire safety as part of the overall assessment of property standards and you will be expected to do all that is reasonable in the interests of safety. Specific regulations apply in addition to a risk based approach which are detailed in this page.
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.
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.
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.
Local authorities, tenants and landlords all need to work together to maintain the Borough as an attractive place where people want to live and thrive. Landlords play an important role in this and have an interest in making sure that tenants are educated in using the Council's waste services. Having good check in and check out procedures and being armed with the correct information can greatly reduce the likelihood of waste management issues arising during the tenancy.
Houses in multiple occupation with five or more tenants belonging to two or more households, require a licence from the council. In parts of central Doncaster, we have introduced additional licensing for houses in multiple occupation which brings the threshold down to four tenants.
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