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Basic housing standards

By law, your landlord has to ensure your home is safe, free from hazards and in good repair. It is the landlord’s responsibility to ensure their properties meet an acceptable standard.

If your landlord does not or will not meet all these requirements, the council can help to make them do any work needed to bring the property up to the legal standard.

This includes: 

  • being clear of damp and mould 
  • easy to keep warm in the winter and cool in the summer
  • fresh running hot and cold water
  • safe electrical and gas appliances and installation
  • working smoke alarms and a carbon dioxide (CO2) alarm in rooms that are burning solid fuel
  • being free of pests such as mice, rats, cockroaches and bed bugs
  • safe and secure from the risk of intruders
  • good levels of natural light and ventilation
  • enough space, no overcrowding
  • working toilets, kitchens, bathrooms and drainage.
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