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Private landlords

Landlords forum

A supply of good quality private rental accommodation in the Borough is important to respond to growing housing demand but also to provide a range of housing options to suit all needs across the Borough.  We hold regular landlords forums which give us the opportunity to work with landlords and letting agents through the provision of advice and information, so that there is a range of housing accommodation available to suit all needs within the community.

Unfortunately the forum that was arranged for Thursday 2nd November 2017 was cancelled. A rearranged date is to be determined and will be advertised once known.

Details of our last landlords forum was held in March 2017 with speakers covering topics including legislative changes introduced by the Housing and Planning Act 2016 and welfare benefit changes including the roll out of universal credit. To view the presentation from our last forum please see below. Landlords who attended the event found it helpful and very informative.

:: Landlords forum presentation March 2017  [pdf / 1 MB]

Housing in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) and licensing 

A HMO is a house in multiple occupation and applies to buildings that are either a single dwelling or a flat where two or more separate households share facilities such as; kitchens, toilet and bathroom. In April 2006 the government introduced a compulsory licensing system for certain types of HMOs. Those HMOs that are 3 stories or more and are occupied by five or more persons comprising of two separate households must be licensed. The council is responsible for maintaining a licensing scheme for properties of this type, so if your property fits the criteria outlined in the guidance contact Private Sector Housing to apply for a licence on 01384 815118.  

Please note there is no auto-save function on this form. You should ensure that you have all certificates available as attachments before completing the form.

You will need the following documents to complete the form

  • Building Sketch Plan

  • Planning Consent (where appropriate)

  • Building Regulations (where appropriate)

  • Gas Certificate

  • Electrical Certificate

  • Fire Detection Certificate

  • Emergency Lighting Certificate

The form should take around 30 minutes to complete.

Any queries please call Private Sector Housing on 01384 815118 to discuss.

Homestamp information 

Homestamp is an award-winning partnership consortium with a direct interest in private sector housing, comprising of Local Authorities, the private rented sector, Universities, Police and Fire Services.

:: visit the homestamp website

:: visit the Midland Landlord Accreditation Scheme

Enforcement 

The council aims to protect and promote the health and well-being of the people living in the Dudley Borough by improving private sector rented housing, public health and the environment, via the provision of advice, support and enforcement action where required. 

We will operate with principles of the Regulators Compliance Code. That is proportionately applying the law and securing compliance; consistency of approach; targeting of enforcement action; transparency about how we operate and what those regulated may expect; and accountability for our actions. 

Housing health and safety rating system (HHSRS)  

The Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) is the government's system for assessing the health and safety risks in dwellings, and is designed as a replacement for the old fitness standard used by Environmental Health Officers in Private Sector Housing to inspect properties in the private sector. See related documents to the right for further information or visit the link below.

:: more on the health and safety rating system

Smoke free regulations and private accommodation  

Are you a landlord/managing agent of a residential premises that has ‘common areas’ such as shared hallways, kitchens, bathrooms and living rooms? If so the Smoke free legislation, which came into force in England on the 1st July 2007, applies to you.  

:: more on smoke free regulations

Gas safety

Landlords must ensure that gas appliances installed in their rented properties are maintained and that tenants are provided with a current landlords gas safety certificate.  

Anti-social behaviour

We all have the right to live in peace free from the nuisance of noisy neighbours, threatening behaviour or harassment. If your tenants complain about anti-social behaviour or someone complains to you about your tenants, action will need to be taken. In this instance contact Dudley Council Plus on 0300 555 2345

:: more on anti-social behaviour

Rogue Landlords

Around 3.6 million people live in private rented accommodation. Whilst the majority of landlords provide good quality accommodation, a minority of landlords try to exploit their tenants - often targeting the most vulnerable in society, placing them in squalid, overcrowded or poor conditions. The Council has signed up to the Rogue Landlord Project and will investigate landlords where complaints have been made about them or their rented property.

Visit the link below to find out further information.

:: Making a complaint against your landlord

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015

Private sector landlords are required from 1 October 2015 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. coal fire, wood burning stove). After that, the landlord must make sure the alarms are in working order at the start of each tenancy.

:: more on the smoke and carbon monoxide alarm regulations