Private Housing Residents
A decent place in which to live is a basic need for everyone.
Privately owned houses must either be made fit by improvement or repair, or if that is no longer possible, demolished. In urban areas the lack of accommodation can result in overcrowding and multiple occupation of houses by many individuals sharing basic facilities.
The Environmental Health Service seeks to ensure that such properties are brought up to an acceptable standard for habitation and deals with a number of issues relating to Private Sector Housing, both for owner-occupied and tenanted properties.
Grants may be available towards the cost of improving unfit housing stock or for adaptations for disabled people. You can find out more by following this link:
A home improvement agency has been established, Papworth Trust. You can find out more about the assistance that can be offered to elderly and/or disabled home owners from this link:
Energy Performance Certificates will be required whenever a building is constructed, rented or sold. Its purpose is to record how energy efficient a property is as a building. Energy efficiency measures and advice is available here:
Camping and caravan sites - both residential and holiday - are also inspected by Environmental Health Officers to ensure that the accommodation provided is reasonable and reaches the required standard.
Legislation introducing a new risk assessment tool, the Housing, Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS), came into effect on 6.4.06. For information about how it works, who it affects and how it is enforced, download the following documents:
Carbon Monoxide – Be Alarmed!
Too many people in the UK die needlessly or become seriously ill because of carbon monoxide poisoning. According to the Department of Health, 50 people die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning and another 4,000 are treated in hospital. The effects of carbon monoxide poisoning can be devastating, yet it is easily preventable. The easiest way to protect yourself and your family is by getting an alarm that makes a loud noise when the gas is present.
If you require further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone (01277) 312500.