The team ensures that private rented homes in Derby meet legal requirements for health and safety and provides advice and support for tenants. The team is also responsible for the licensing of houses in multiple occupation (HMOs). Where properties that are in poor condition are let to tenants and improvements are not carried out, the team does have enforcement powers under the Housing Act 2004 and other legislation to make sure landlords bring properties up to an acceptable standard.
The team does provide advice and guidance to landlords, producing newsletters as well as running occasional training sessions and seminars.
More details of the work carried out by Housing Standards can be found at Housing Standards Overview 2018 19
We also work closely with East Midlands Property Owners Ltd and the National Landlords Association We encourage all landlords to become a member of an association. They are usually excellent sources of information and advice. Basic advice for landlords can be found in the Governments How to let guide
The Department for Work and Pensions has published information for landlords about Universal Credit Landlord guide about Understanding Universal Credit You can also visit www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk/landlords for more information.
If your tenant is liable for Council Tax and needs help with Council Tax payments, they can make a Council Tax Support claim at https://www.derby.gov.uk/advice-and-benefits/benefits/housing-benefit-new-claim/
Our Newsletter-2018 is designed to keep private landlords with properties in Derby informed and up to date with housing related issues.
For more information on matters affecting the private rented sector visit the Decent and Safe Homes in the East Midlands (DASH) website. DASH is an organisation that exists specifically to help and inform existing and ‘would be’ landlords.