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Housing standards for landlords and tenants

Encouraging high standards

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:

  • The Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS);
  • Intervention and Enforcement Policy;
  • Energy Performance Certificates.

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.


Agents' requirement to belong to a redress scheme

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:

The Property Ombudsman scheme

Ombudsman Services: Property

Property Redress Scheme


Pay a penalty online

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%)

Pay your financial penalty


Private Renting and the 'Right to Rent'

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:

  • people aged 18 and over living in your property, whether they're named in the tenancy agreement or not
  • all types of tenancy agreement, written or oral

You can be fined up to £3,000 for renting your property to someone who isn't allowed to rent property in England.

Check your tenant's right to rent.

Immigration right to rent checks.


New schemes

As part of our commitment to encourage high standards we are currently undertaking 2 new ventures.

Selective Licensing

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.

Snug: promoting best quality student housing

We have developed a scheme with Sheffield Hallam University, Hallam Union and The University of Sheffield, as the best way for students to make sure that their home and landlord are approved.
Find out more about Snug.


Deposits or rent in advance

Private landlords and agents often want a deposit or rent in advance before they will agree to let their property to you.


Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS)

Download guides on risks (like damp and mould) in houses which are assessed using the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS).


Intervention and enforcement policy and reports

About our enforcement work: the policy and report.


Energy Performance Certificates

Landlords in the social and private rented sectors to give prospective tenants an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) when they view a property.


Electrical safety

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.


Contact us

If you have any queries, please contact us.

  • Modified: Oct 4, 2016 4:16:15 PM