Landlords Guide to Housing Standards


Landlords have a number of legal responsibilities for the standards of their rented properties. Failure to adhere to these requirements may result in legal action. Below is a summary and further information can be found in Useful links and in the Private Sector Housing Policy Framework and other documents at the bottom of this page.

  • Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS)
  • Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms
  • Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards
  • Gas Safety
  • Electrical Safety Standards 
  • Fire Safety & Furnishings
  • Legionella and Legionnaires Disease
  • Repairs
  • Houses in multiple occupation

The Council has a number of powers it can impose on a landlord for Housing related offences including:

  • Serving of a notice
  • Prosecution
  • Civil penalty
  • Inclusion on the database of Rogue Landlords
  • Rent repayment orders
  • Banning orders

Further details of the powers available to the Council can be found in the Private Sector Housing Policy Framework at the bottom of this page.

Useful Links:





Managing & Ending

a Tenancy

Houses in Multiple

Occupation (HMOs)

Licensing of Houses in

Multiple Occupation (HMOs)