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Private Rented Housing

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The Housing and Public Health Division oversees the improvement and maintenance of standards in the private rented housing sector.

A large proportion of our workload relates to Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO), especially those within the heavily populated student areas of the Uplands and Castle wards.  Primarily with HMOs, we are concerned with the condition of the property, the ratio of amenities to occupants, fire precautions and management.

We also deal with a large number of complaints from tenants of singly occupied properties.

The Division has two strategic aims:

  • To improve housing standards in the private sector
  • To provide a healthy environment through improvements in public health

Further information on private rented housing can be found below. If you have any queries please contact us on (01792) 635600 or by emailing us at evh@swansea.gov.uk

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If you live in private rented housing, or are a landlord, and would like to contact us regarding problems, or if you would like some advice, please use the form below.
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Many people in Swansea rent their homes from private landlords.
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Where properties are left vacant they can sometimes cause problems to neighbours as their condition deteriorates. A build up of refuse, properties left open to unauthorised access or where conditions lead to damage to neighbouring properties can often be dealt with by officers of the Council's Housing and Public Health Division.
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From 1st October 2008, landlords have been required to provide Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) for their properties.
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As a landlord you are legally responsible for the safety of your tenants in relation to gas safety.
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There are around 2000 houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) in Swansea, many of which are located in the two central wards of Castle and Uplands.
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Landlord Accreditation Wales (LAWS) is supported by all 22 local authorities in Wales and the Welsh Assembly Government.
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For the majority of us, having a constant, wholesome water supply in our homes is something we take for granted. Tap water in the UK is amongst the safest and highest quality in the world.
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The Local Authority licenses Residential Mobile Home sites under the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960.
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The Department will intervene in cases of harassment and illegal eviction. Although the Council does have powers to prosecute landlords, we aim to resolve these disputes informally and impartially.

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