In 2006 there were some major changes affecting private
renting and empty dwellings arising from the Housing Act 2004.
The important provisions of this Act are:-
Part 2: Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation
Improves controls on HMOs, including a
mandatory national licensing scheme to raise the standards of some
of the highest risk properties with some of the most vulnerable
people, whilst maintaining an adequate supply of rented
accommodation. Find out more about Multiple Occupancy
Part 3: Selective Licensing Helps
councils improve local communities by ensuring landlords take
greater responsibility for the management of their property and
deal with anti-social behaviour.
Part 4: Empty Homes Enables councils to
bring back into use long-term private sector homes with the use of
Empty Dwelling Management Orders.
Part 6: Tenancy Deposit Protection
Where landlords, or their agents, require tenancy deposits
then those deposits are now safeguarded by a Government sponsored
Part 7: Residential Property Tribunal
Offers more expertise on housing matters as opposed to county
courts and gives local authorities and landlords easier access to
the appeal process.
You can download the full text of the Act here
Barrow Borough Council will be managing most of the new
legislation through the Private Housing Team.
The Private Housing Team can be contacted at:
Environmental Health Department,
Barrow in Furness,
Tel 01229 876543
Fax 01229 876411
Information about the legislation is available on a number of
websites. See the Related Information section at the bottom
of this page.
Remember, if you rent out properties in Barrow, these changes
will affect your property to some degree or other.