Private housing enforcement

Housing hazards

The Private Housing team deals with the majority of requests we receive about housing hazards.

We will contact the landlord about issues that tenants raise. We request that the repairs are complete. We will contact the customer at a later date, and we may arrange to carry out a full inspection of their home.

The Private Housing Enforcement Policy 2018 to 2022 will not be implemented in full until a later date.

We will still carry out visits to properties. This is subject to a risk assessment. It is also if the housing conditions are of an urgent nature and may pose a serious risk to the occupants.

Note, the team will not be carrying out any proactive visits in the short term.

Private Housing Enforcement Policy

Hull City Council’s Private Housing Enforcement Policy 2018 to 2022, associated Fees and Charges and Civil Penalties policies set out how we investigate and deal with poor housing conditions in the city.

The Private Housing Enforcement Policy 2018 to 2022 was agreed by the council’s cabinet in April 2018. It was upheld by the High Court in March 2019 following a subsequent legal challenge.

Access the policy and supporting documents agreed by the council’s cabinet. For more information view the High Court decision

Enforcement Policy

The council temporarily suspended the implementation of its Enforcement Policy. This was pending the High Court decision and subsequent Court of Appeal application. These legal proceedings have now been concluded. The original content of the policy remains unchanged.

This will include the discontinuation of the Landlord Self-regulation scheme. Landlord members will be contacted separately.

Hull Accredited Landlord Scheme (HALS)

The existing HALS has not been affected during this time. The council is still accepting new landlord members. HALS is being reviewed. Any changes to the scheme were introduced during 2020. Further information is to follow.

Fees and Changes Policy

The Fees and Charges policy is currently being reviewed. This will also take into account another High Court decision (Gaskin v. LB Richmond) in relation to the setting of mandatory Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licence fees. Confirmation of any revision of the existing HMO licence fees will be available in due course.

More information Private Housing Enquiries