Housing standards in the private rented sector
What does the Housing Standards team do?
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 2020-21.
We also work closely with East Midlands Property Owners Ltd and the National Residential 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 Government 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 the government website, Universal Credit - Universal Credit and 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.
Housing Standards News
14/05/2020 - Important news for landlords - The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020
These new regulations come into force on 1 June 2020 and apply to all privately rented properties, including Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs). The Regulations apply to all new tenancies from 1 July 2020 and to all existing tenancies from 1 April 2021.
The Regulations require all landlords to ensure that the electrical installation in any privately rented property is inspected by a qualified and competent person every 5 years. An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) must be provided to all new tenants before they occupy the dwelling (from 1 June 2020) and to all existing tenants within 28 days (from 1 April 2021). A copy of the EICR must also be provided to the Council within 7 days on request.
Where the inspection and report show that remedial work is needed, this must be carried out within 28 days (or within a shorter period if indicated in the report). Confirmation that any necessary work has been satisfactorily completed must be given to the tenant and to the Council within 28 days of completion. The Council can issue a financial penalty of up to £30,000 on a landlord who is found to be in breach of their duties under these Regulations
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.