Improving standards of safety and repair in private rented property, including Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs), as well as giving advice to owner/occupiers and public sector tenants.
Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS)
The Housing Health and Safety Rating System was introduced within The Housing Act 2004, to address some of the issues of health and safety in homes. It is a comprehensive assessment of 29 hazards and their risks to the occupiers, reinforced by statistical data and evidence.
For the full version of the Operating Guidance please click on CLG - HHSRS Operating Guidance
For a Landlords guide please click on HHSRS - Guidance for landlords and property related professionals
For information about Houses in Multiple Occupation, please visit:
From 1 October 2015 the Deregulation Act 2015 provides tenants with tenancies starting on or after 1 October 2015 with further protection from eviction where they are living in houses where there are unsatisfactory housing conditions. For the additional protection the below steps need to have been followed:
- Inform the landlord in writing that conditions in the property are unsatisfactory, please see letter 1 and 2 to landlord below
- The landlord does not respond in 14 days or the response is unsatisfactory
- The tenant complains to Nottingham City Councils Safer Housing Team
- The Safer Housing team serve the relevant notice
- The landlord will not be able to serve a s21 notice to quit for 6 months of the service of the relevant notice
Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Alarms
From the 1 October 2015 landlords will be required to provide smoke alarms on each storey of the house where there is a room which is used wholly or partly as living accommodation.
Landlords will also be required to fit carbon monoxide alarms in rooms which contain a solid fuel burning combustion appliance and are used wholly or partly as living accommodation.
These alarms need to be kept in good working order and checked at the start of each tenancy.
Where landlords fail to comply with their duties the Safer Housing team will be able to serve a notice requiring remedial action. If this is not complied with then a penalty charge notice can be served.
Please be aware that fitting battery smoke alarms does not mean you are compliant with fire safety under the Housing Act 2004 and further works may be required. For further guidance on fire safety see the LACORS Fire Safety Guide.
Empty homes can be a real eyesore and cause problems for neighbours. We track down empty homes, trace their owners and try to persuade them to bring the properties back into use.
To report a privately owned empty property, please contact Environmental Health.
Caravan Site Licensing
All caravan sites must be licensed. The conditions that we impose as part of this license are based on standard Government guidance but will be changed to make them specific to the site.
If you wish to apply for a licence you will first need to ensure that the site has planning permission for that use. It may be useful to liaise with us as well as planning at this stage so that we can ensure that all relevant standards are agreed together. To make an application for a licence please contact us with a detailed plan of the site layout and , we will discuss the application with you in more detail if we have not already done so.
Further information on standards in housing can be found by clicking on the following link:
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