Our aim is to encourage high standards of accommodation, repair and good management in the private rented sector. Where properties fall below minimum standards and are not safe, we will enforce the legal standards which apply.
Our Private Sector Housing Policy determines the range of services that we provide to homeowners, landlords and tenants living in private sector housing in Sheffield.
Although many landlords already have a well-managed portfolio, others may need help and advice to enable them to run their businesses effectively and correctly to ensure they meet all the necessary legal obligations:
We have produced an annual report of our activities from April 2011 until 2012 called 'Making a Difference' and a booklet giving a short guide to what we do. Both are available to download below.
Annual report: April 2011 - 2012
A short guide to the role of Private Housing Standards and its officers
People making money from acting as letting agents or property management agents in the private rented sector, are required by law to join an approved redress scheme.
We are the enforcing authority for these regulations and we are required to take enforcement action where a person who should have joined a redress scheme, has not done so.
A financial penalty of up to £5,000 can be imposed where an agent has not joined a scheme.
More information about these regulations and who must join a scheme can be found here
There are currently 3 government approved schemes:
You can make a payment relating to a financial penalty online, by debit or credit card (credit card payment will incur a bank charge of 1.5%)
From 1 February 2016, the Government have introduced new laws saying that private landlords have to check that anyone they have a rental agreement with, has the right to be in the country.
If you are a tenant yourself, and you sublet all, or part of the property, then you must make these checks.
Within 28 days before the start of the tenancy, you must make checks for:
You can be fined up to £3,000 for renting your property to someone who isn't allowed to rent property in England.
More detail about these regulations and guidance about what checks landlords must make.
As part of our commitment to encourage high standards we are currently undertaking 2 new ventures.
We have approved a scheme of Selective Licensing for part of the Page Hall area to deal with the worst area of low housing demand and poor property condition of the houses in this area. Landlords are required to apply for licences for their tenanted properties.
We have developed a scheme with Sheffield Hallam University and Hallam Union. Be part of the scheme, comply with minimum property standards and a management code for Snug.
Private landlords and agents often want a deposit or rent in advance before they will agree to let their property to you.
Download guides on risks (like damp and mould) in houses which are assessed using the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS).
About our enforcement work: the policy and report.
Landlords in the social and private rented sectors to give prospective tenants an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) when they view a property.
The Electrical Safety Council's Landlords' Guide to Electrical Safety includes all the legislation you need to be aware of, as well as some simple things you can do to make sure your properties are safe.
If you have any queries, please contact us.