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Housing Act 2004

The Housing Act 2004 (for private housing) gives us new powers to make sure that properties are safe and suitable to live in.

The powers may also apply to empty properties.

For updates and more information, see the Housing Act 2004.

Summary of the keys powers

Powers of entry

  • This allows us entry to a property to inspect it if you refuse to let us in (we will give you at least 24 hours' notice). If you stop our officer from entering, we may get a warrant from the courts to enter. This will allow us to force entry if we have to.

Power to require information

  • We can serve notice asking for certain information, for example, who owns a property. This allows us to act to improve the property using other powers.

Hazard-awareness notices

  • These will make sure that you or the person responsible is aware of a danger and the need to carry out repairs or alterations.

Power to serve notices

  • We can serve improvement notices to improve living conditions for occupiers or neighbours. The work we specify depends on the conditions we find and what the law allows us to do.

Powers to enter a property and carry out work (emergency remedial action)

  • If you do not carry out work to the standard specified by a notice, we have the option of doing the work and charging you for it.

Power to take over managing properties

  • There are a number of reasons why we may do this, including not being able to issue a licence or if a property has been empty for a long time.

Power to close a property (prohibition order)

  • We would issue this notice only after we had carried out a detailed assessment to decide the best course of action to deal with a seriously substandard property. We might close a property where improvements are too expensive or the condition of the property is too bad to repair. The notice would mean that nobody could live in the property.

Power to order a property to be demolished or an area cleared

  • This is done in similar circumstances to closing a property.

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