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Housing Act 2004


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 1: Housing Health and Safety A new Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) helps councils target the worst condition properties, often housing some of the most vulnerable people. More detailed guidance for landlords is also available.
Part 2: Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) 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 Homes.
Part 3: Selective Licensing Gives powers to councils to ensure 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 (EDMOs).
Part 6: Tenancy Deposit Protection If landlords, or their agents, require tenancy deposits then those deposits are now safeguarded by a Government sponsored scheme.
Part 7: Residential Property Tribunal Offers more expertise on housing matters than 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 manages most of this legislation through the Private Housing Team.
The Private Housing Team can be contacted at:
Town Hall,
Duke Street,
Barrow in Furness,
LA14 2LD
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 are a landlord or a tenant in Barrow, these changes will affect your property to some degree or other.