Housing conditions and rights for tenants

The hazards we look for in a home

Council officers will be looking for the following hazards in the home.

Physiological requirements

These include:

  • damp and mould growth
  • excess cold
  • excess heat
  • asbestos (and man-made fibres)
  • biocides
  • carbon monoxide etc.
  • lead
  • radiation
  • combustible fuel gas
  • volatile organic compounds

Psychological requirements

These include:

  • crowding and space
  • entry by intruders
  • lighting
  • noise

Protection against infection

These include:

  • domestic hygiene, pests and refuse
  • food safety
  • personal hygiene, sanitation and drainage
  • water supply

Protection against accidents

These include:

  • falls associated with baths
  • falls on the level
  • falls associated with stairs and steps
  • falls between levels
  • electrical hazards
  • fire
  • hot surfaces and materials
  • collision and entrapment
  • explosions
  • ergonomics
  • structural collapse and falling elements¬†¬†

There are a range of enforcement options that can be taken to address hazards, including:

Improvement notice: requires works to remove the hazard.

Prohibition order: prohibits use of residential dwellings or part of a residential dwelling.

Hazard awareness notice: advises of hazard and recommends remedial action.

Emergency remedial action: where there is imminent danger, the Council will carry out emergency works.

Make an emergency prohibition order: where there is imminent danger, Council can prohibit use of property immediately.

Make a demolition order: requires property to be demolished.

Declare a clearance area: designated areas will be demolished and redeveloped.

The owner of the property can appeal to a Residential Property Tribunal (link opens in new window) concerning each of the types of action.