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Private Housing Disrepair

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations

Since 1 October 2015 landlords in the private rented sector are required to ensure that:

  • a working smoke alarm is equipped on each storey of the premises where there is living accommodation
  • a working carbon monoxide alarm is equipped in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance (not including gas fired boilers)
  • alarms are checked and in proper working order at the start of each new tenancy

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The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations

Since 1 October 2015 landlords in the private rented sector are required to ensure that:

  • a working smoke alarm is equipped on each storey of the premises where there is living accommodation
  • a working carbon monoxide alarm is equipped in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance (not including gas fired boilers)
  • alarms are checked and in proper working order at the start of each new tenancy

For more information:

  

If you own your own home repair and maintenance is your responsibility, however loans may be available to assist with the cost of repair or renovation works .

What sort of problems can the Private Sector Housing Team deal with?

The majority of complaints come from people living in private rented or social housing, and include:

What happens if I make a complaint about my housing?

What is the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS)?

The Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) is a risk assessment of the effect of housing conditions on the health of occupiers. 29 potential hazards are assessed and scored. The scores for each hazard are ranked in Bands. Hazards falling into Bands A to C are more serious, and are classed as Category 1. Less serious hazards fall into Bands D to J, and are classed a Category 2. We are under a duty to take the most appropriate action in respect of a Category 1 hazard but have discretion to exercise power in relation to Category 2 hazards.

In determining what action to take, we will consider whether there is a duty or discretion to act, the views of occupiers, the owner / landlord / agent’s history of compliance, as well as the risk to current and likely future occupiers.

Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO)

If you live in a HMO (you have your own bedroom but share facilities such as a kitchen and/or bathroom), we will assess the property under the Management of Houses of Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006, relevant fire safety standards and the Council’s own HMO standards .

These look at:

What if my landlord doesn’t complete the work?

Where the owner/landlord/agent does not complete the necessary works, or does not complete the works to the standard required, appropriate action will be taken in accordance with the relevant legislation.

To make a complaint about disrepair contact us using the details to the right of this page.

What if my landlord evicts me after having complained about disrepair?

If your tenancy started on or after 1 October 2015 you have greater protection from retaliatory eviction. Click here for further information .

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(01293) 438281 ps.housing@crawley.gov.uk ps.housing@crawley.gov.uk
Private Sector Housing
Town Hall
The Boulevard
Crawley
West Sussex RH10 1UZ

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(01293) 438281

email: ps.housing@crawley.gov.uk

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Private Sector Housing
Town Hall
The Boulevard
Crawley
West Sussex RH10 1UZ

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