When landlords fail to fix an issue in a reasonable timescale, we may have to take formal enforcement action
The choice of the appropriate course of action is for the Private Sector Housing team to decide, having regard to statutory enforcement guidance.
Enforcement options are available under the Housing Act 2004:
Whilst we will have no hesitation in taking formal action, it is often preferable to take an informal approach.
If you are a landlord and you receive one of our letters, please contact us to talk through the issues.
We must stress that our primary aim is to help both tenants and landlords in resolving problems by using the informal approach.
There may be other ways to solve the issues which we may not have detailed in our letter, but we are open to discussion on alternatives to how to remedy the deficiencies and timescales can be negotiated.
Where landlords repeatedly ignore correspondence or fail to remedy the deficiencies identified within a reasonable timescale, formal enforcement action will be taken.