Find out the latest news and announcements in the Private Rented Sector.
Electrical safety standards
Following on from concerns over electrical faults in the Private Rented Sector, the Government reviewed the current legislation that protects tenants from this hazard. The conclusion of the review was to produce The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020. This is a statute that requires the landlord to evidence that the electrical installation in the property has been maintained and is safe. Find out more: Electrical Safety Standards (PDF 796KB). (Article published 2 September 2020.)
Who we are
Find out more about our Private Sector Housing team and what our responsibilities and commitments are: Private Sector Housing Team - Who we are (PDF 535KB). (Article published 30 July 2020.)
Tenant Fees Act 2019
This Act came into force on 1 June 2019 as a move by central government to regulate fees and deposits imposed by landlords and letting agents in the Private Rented Sector. The Act details fees that are permissible to be charged. This applies to Assured Short Term lettings to tenants under new contracts from the aforementioned date and to existing tenancies from 1 June 2020. Find out more: Tenant Fees Act 2019 (PDF 531KB)
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Minimum energy efficiency standards
As the housing market starts moving again, landlords should check that their privately rented property has a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) with a minimum energy rating of E. A valid EPC is required when a property is let or sold. EPCs expire after 10 years and we recommend you check the date on the certificate.
Since April 2020, all new and existing private sector tenancies should have an EPC with a minimum energy rating of E. The minimum rating is set to increase to a D by 2025 and a C by 2030.
For further information, please see the government guidance for landlords. For help and advice on improving the energy rating of your property, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. (Article published 23 July 2020.)
HMO enforcement in Dacorum
The Government’s new set of HMO regulations came into effect on October 1 2018. The new regulations mean that the landlords of some properties, which were previously classed as a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO), but did not require a licence will now need to have a licence in place or risk possible fines or prosecution.
Due to the changes, our team have licensed a large number of properties in the borough, which are safe and compliant for tenants to occupy. With these properties now licensed our team can look at identifying non-licensed HMOs within Dacorum.
To identify these properties, we've commissioned a stock condition survey, which highlights potential non-licensed HMOs. Our team will be investigating these properties to work with the landlord to ensure they become compliant and safe for tenants to occupy.
The updated regulations have helped councils to tackle poor standards, migration and other problems caused by rogue landlords. Anyone operating a licensable HMO without a licence (or a valid application for a licence) is committing an offence and will be liable to prosecution. The fine for such an offence could be a maximum of £30,000.
If you need some guidance or have any questions regarding HMO licensing, email our team at email@example.com or visit our HMO page. (Article published 23 July 2020.)