Private Sector Housing
If you live in rented accommodation you should be able to expect your home to be in good repair, warm, secure and free from health and safety hazards. Halton Borough Council is responsible for the enforcement of private sector housing standards within Halton.
Some of the issues they deal with include:
- providing general advice and guidance to tenants and landlords on a wide range of issues
- works to improve the standards and conditions of privately rented housing in Halton.
- provides licencing services for houses in multiple occupation (HMOs)
- dealing with empty properties
- dealing with landlord harassment or unlawful eviction
If your landlord refuses to carry out essential repairs and they have not responded to your spoken and written requests,
contact us. We can talk to them on your behalf or take action against them. We may also send out an officer to inspect the property.
Houses in multiple occupation
If you own a
House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) some issues you need to consider include:
- fire safety
- space standards
- gas safety
- disrepair and the management of the property.
HMO licence application
HMO licence conditions change on 1st October 2018. From 1st October 2018 landlords must have an HMO licence if:
- five or more tenants live in their property and
- these tenants are split into two or more unrelated ‘households’ or groups e.g. a couple and a family of three and
- these tenants share facilities such as a bathroom and kitchen
- A new licence condition also introduces minimum bedroom sizes for HMO properties. Please visit
https://www.gov.uk/house-in-multiple-occupation-licence for more information.
HMO licence Application Form »
Officers can give advice and guidance to landlords and tenants. Please
contact us for more details
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Regulations
The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations require private sector landlords to have at least one smoke alarm installed on every storey of their properties, and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance (e.g. a coal fire, wood burning stove etc.). After that, the landlord must make sure the alarms are in working order at the start of each new tenancy. The Government produced an
explanatory booklet for landlords
The law requires that the Council publish a
Statement of Principles.