Private landlords and tenants
Advice and guidance for both landlords and tenants as to their rights and responsibilities. Information is also provided on the Council's landlord accreditation scheme.
A house in multiple occupation (HMO) is any building or part of a building that is occupied by people who are not in a family relationship. HMOs are subject to government legislation which places duties and responsibilities on both the landlord and the tenants.
Landlords have a right to receive rent when it is due and decide the conditions of a tenancy. They have a responsibility to deliver a decent standard of safety and repair, and can register with the Council to show their commitment to fairness and safety.
Tenants have a right to live in a habitable property and expect professional management of that property. They also have a responsibility to pay their rent on time and notify their landlord of repairs.
Private landlords are responsible for most major repairs. If your landlord isn't accepting responsibility for a problem, Environmental Health can get involved on your behalf.