Private sector housing
Private rented accommodation
The Council encourages, and in some cases enforces, the
provision of adequate, good standard private housing.
The Council seeks to ensure that privately rented accommodation is
of a good standard and meets the minimum legal criteria laid down
by the Housing Act 2004
If private tenants contact the Council with concerns about their
home, their property will be inspected. Advice will be given but
landlords may be required to carry out repairs and improvements
within a specified timescale. Any landlord seeking advice on the
standards to be met to allow properties to be rented can email
the Council at firstname.lastname@example.org
or telephone 01992 785511.
The Council also carries out a programme of inspections of
houses in multiple occupation - such as bedsits and hostels. These
inspections ensure they have the appropriate fire safety measures,
such as fire detectors and doors, that they are in a reasonable
standard of repair and have adequate facilities for the number of
occupants living within the property.
Two guides have been produced to help owners, agents and
managers of houses in multiple occupation. These are available at
the following links:
Minimum standards guide to fire protection in houses in
LACORS also has fire protection
standards for houses in multiple occupation and other
Letting your property to households on the Council's waiting
The Council is interested in hearing from landlords
willing to let their properties to households on the
housing waiting list through its Simple Lets scheme. To
find out about the scheme, visit the Simple
Lets webpage, telephone 01992 785529 or email email@example.com.
The Council also has agreements with Paradigm Housing
Association which operates a similar scheme in the area.
If you would like more information, please visit the
Association website, email PSLlettings@paradigmhousing.co.uk
or telephone 0845 521 6216.
Some homes do fall into disrepair and any occupied owner seeking
help about maintaining their home can contact the Council for