Private landlord advice

Private Landlords

Being a private sector housing landlord is a serious business venture. At Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, we aim to help landlords achieve a high standard in their conduct, approach and with their properties. You will need to comply with the current legislation which you will find in our Landlord Pack.

Landlords need to take care of their tenants, act in a professional way and follow all council and government regulations. Any landlord who doesn't, can be faced with prosecution and fines. So please use our pages to help you to be a good landlord.

Making sure your property is up to standard and a safe place to live in. 

The Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS)  is a government backed set of standards used by local authorities to protect against potential hazards to the well-being and safety of tenants in their homes. It was introduced under the Housing Act 2004 and applies to residential properties in England and Wales.

You can find the official government guidance on how the system works here
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/housing-health-and-safety-rating-system-guidance-for-landlords-and-property-related-professionals
This guidance is aimed at non-specialists, in particular private landlords, to help them understand their obligations under the law and the sort of steps necessary to their their tenants safe and secure in their homes. 

Sandwell has produced a short guide for landlords to familiarise themselves with the risks, http://www.sandwell.gov.uk/downloads/file/28180/the29hazards
but for more detailed information please refer to the guidance from the government above.
  
For more information or advice, contact us via email: PrivateSector_Housing@sandwell.gov.uk or call us on 0121 368 1177 - option 7.