The Government has set targets for both social housing providers and private sector landlords to improve their properties so that there are increased numbers of 'Decent Homes' in the UK housing stock. The target focuses on vulnerable households, including families with children, and deprived areas. Although this guide incorporates the Decent Homes standard as a baseline for good practice, there is currently no statutory requirement for private sector landlords to meet the standard. However, by meeting the HHSRS statutory requirement landlords will be achieving one element of the Decent Homes standard.
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Housing health and safety rating system (HHSRS) enforcement guidance: housing inspections and assessment of hazards
What happens if a rented property fails to meet the Decent Homes Standard?
Rented properties are considered to be single family houses where the occupants are all members of one family (as defined in housing benefit legislation). Unrelated sharers come under the HMO standard discussed in a separate article.
We want you to be a satisfied customer and to get the most out of your advert. Your ad should tell prospective tenants the things they need to know in order to make them interested in enquiring. Accordingly we've prepared some simple tips and instructions to help you to write a good advert and so maximise the return for your investment. We are always on hand as well to assist at any point to ensure success from start to finish.