Our aim is to improve the housing standards for residents that are living within the Wychavon district. We will achieve this by advising tenants and occupiers, carrying out housing inspections and providing support.
If you are a tenant and have a concern about a repair that is needed on your property, you should notify your landlord or repairs team in the first instance. By letting them know about the problem, you are providing the opportunity for the repair to be resolved. You should take note of the date you reported the repair. Please be aware that your landlord may experience some problems getting trades people out to you quickly due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Officers are still available to work with you and your landlord to help resolve issues with defects to your property over the telephone during this outbreak. Until further notice we will not be carrying out inspections of properties in person, unless there is an imminent high risk to any occupant and taking into account your personal circumstances, such as if you are currently in self isolation or one of the vulnerable groups.
- If appropriate, the Property Standards Officer will visit your property after notifying your landlord of your complaint. It may not always be practicable to notify the landlord, as there may be emergency situations that need to be acted upon immediately.
- During this visit, your property will be inspected and assessed using the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) guide. The risk assessments are based on the likelihood of an incident causing harm and what the severity of that outcome would be. The result of the assessment will determine the next step for the complaint.
Where ever possible we try to improve the standards of the property by working with the landlord, owner or leaseholder. However, in some circumstances, it is necessary to take formal action. This includes:
- A Hazard Awareness Notice
- Improvement Notice
- Prohibition Notice
- Emergency Remedial Action
- Demolition Order
- Designate a Clearance Area
Please note that there will be a charge of £175.00 for serving formal enforcement notices.
Civil Penalty Notices
The power to impose a civil penalty as an alternative to prosecution was introduced by section 126 and Schedule 9 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 which came into force on 6th April 2017.
Local Authorities are expected to use the new powers as a means to deter `rogue landlords’. The offences under the Housing Act 2004 that civil penalties can be considered for are;
- Failure to comply with an improvement notice (Housing Act 2004 s30)
- Licensing of HMO’s under Housing Act 2004 Part 2 (Housing Act 2004 s72)
- Licensing of houses under Housing Act 2004 Part 3 (Housing Act 2004 s95)
- Failure to comply with overcrowding notice (Housing Act 2004 s139(7))
- Management regulations in respect of HMO’s (Housing Act 2004 s234)
- Breach of a banning order (section 21, Housing and Planning Act 2016)
As required by the legislation the authority are required to publicise their process and charging scales which will be used to calculate the level of the penalty fine as well as the appeal process.
For more information, see the Civil Penalty Notice policy.
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms
Private sector landlords are required by law to have at least one smoke alarm installed on every storey of their property. Also where a carbon monoxide alarm is in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance (e.g. a coal fire, wood burning stove). You can be fined up to £5,000 for not complying to this regulation.
Landlord and tenant advice
- Citizens Advice Bureau
- Worcestershire Regulatory Services – for advice and complaints regarding odour, noise, bonfires and rodents
- Client Services 01386 565018 – for advice and complaints regarding refuse collections, bulky waste collections and wheelie bins
- Homestamp - a range of useful information concerning private renting, from advice and guidance for tenants to technical guides for landlords
- Building Control 01684 862223
Private sector housing