Property standards

Property standards

The council has published a simple guide to property standards for landlords, and we would be pleased to send you a copy: please email your name and address to, or call 01283 508149 during office hours.

All housing should be free of Category 1 hazards.

We can inspect properties for the presence of hazards and take action where hazards are found. Our approach to enforcement is set out in the Housing Enforcement Policy.

If you are asked by the council to carry out works following an inspection, and you feel that alternative works would be sufficient, please discuss this with the housing officer concerned since it may be possible to agree suitable alternative solutions.

If the level of risk associated with a hazard has been sufficiently reduced, even if the terms of the order/notice have not been fully complied with, the council must revoke a notice served or order made to address that hazard.  However all Category 1 hazards must be reduced to at least a Category 2 hazard, where practicable.

The council charges for formal enforcement action and the charge is typically between £250 and £500. Hence you will save money by carrying out works to avoid formal action.