Health and safety responsibilities and inspections

Landlords have a duty of care to make sure their property and any products provided are safe.

Area action inspection pilot scheme

From April we will be inspecting all privately rented properties of non-accredited landlords in part of Weston-super-Mare.

If your property doesn’t meet the minimum standards, we can issue you with an improvement notice or prohibit the use of the property. If you don’t comply, you can be prosecuted or fined up to £30,000.

Landlords who are accredited through the National Landlords Code of Excellence (NLCE) will be exempt from these proactive inspections.

Accreditation to the NLCE means a landlord is meeting their legal obligations and providing a good standard of safe accommodation. Other benefits include:

  • access to advice and information, including regular newsletters and training events
  • tenants can have confidence in the standards and quality of your property
  • help and advice to ensure swift resolution of problems or issues if they occur
  • raising the standard of privately rented accommodation by exposing rogue or irresponsible landlords

Housing health and safety rating system

The housing health and safety rating system is a risk-based evaluation tool we use to identify and protect properties from potential risks and hazards.

We have created a checklist for you to use to confirm if your property meets the minimum standards.