Private Rented Housing
The Private Rented Sector Housing Plan sets out
the Council's strategic approach to working with private landlords
and ensuring good standards of accommodation.
The private rented sector provides a preferred housing option
for many households. The wide choice of property types and their
locations makes this sector desirable for many people. In 2010
there were 4,600 privately rented dwellings in Amber Valley,
representing 9% of the overall housing stock.
The Council through its Housing Team is responsible for
addressing housing conditions. We achieve this in the private
rented sector by responding to service requests from both tenants
and landlords. Our officers make judgements about house conditions
based on the Housing Health and Safety Rating System and will make
enforcement decisions based on the seriousness of the hazards
We provide advice and support to property owners and agents that
want to ensure that their properties meet minimum standards. We
receive approximately 200 service requests per year and this ranges
from basic advice to situations where tenants lives are being put
at risk. Where possible we will seek to work with the owner to
bring a property up to standard, but if an agent or landlord
knowingly rent a property that puts the tenants at risk then we
will serve appropriate enforcement notices. The Council currently
charges £200 for every enforcement notice served. We have an
enforcement policy to which we work.
The majority of private tenants live in safe homes and will
never call upon the Council for assistance. We actively support
Decent and Safe Homes East Midlands (DASH) who offer a range of
services that can help landlords provide suitable accommodation.
This includes accreditation and access to impartial advice.
The Council is responsible for the licensing of houses in
multiple occupation and you can also apply for a licence online.
View our section on
Licencing Houses in Multiple Occupation.