Last updated: 30 April 2024

Next review: 30 April 2025

Privately rented homes must be kept in a good state of internal and external repair. Our property standards help guide landlords what we expect from homes and flats occupied by a single household.

It covers reasonable repair and has information on space standards and housing hazards.

Further requirements apply to Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) and buildings containing flats.

Health & Safety Checks (HMOs only)

We will normally only grant a licence to a property that:

  • has fire safety measures in place, such as smoke detectors
  • has a valid annual gas safety certificate
  • has adequate cooking and washing facilities
  • is not overcrowded
  • has electrical wiring and appliances that have been checked and certified safe
  • has communal and shared areas that are kept clean and in good repair (HMOs).