Problems with private landlords
The majority of landlords are responsible and fair. In the unlikely event that you are experiencing trouble with your landlord, the council may be able to help.
The council's powers under the Protection from Eviction Act 1977
Harassment and illegal eviction as defined in the Protection from Eviction Act 1977, are criminal offences.
We have powers to prosecute persons who commit offences under this Act. The council's housing officers investigate complaints and mediate between the parties wherever possible. The council will consider bringing a prosecution where the evidence is sufficient to indicate the likelihood of a successful prosecution and where it is in the public interest.
The council's powers under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, as amended
We have powers to prosecute landlords who fail to fulfil their obligations under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, as amended.
Such matters include the failure of landlords to provide rent books and the failure of freeholders to give long leasehold tenants information concerning service charges and insurance.
Where a complaint is received the council's housing officers will endeavour to secure that the required information is provided. However in the case of persistent failure to provide the information a prosecution will be considered.
Housing Services team
If you need some advice about housing, send a message to the Housing Team.