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Landlord Information and Advice

There are approximately 10,000 rented properties in the town (approximately 15% of privately owned properties) and the Council's Healthy Homes Team is able to offer a range of services for landlords and their tenants.

General Standards

The system for assessing houses is called the Housing Health and Safety Rating System| (HHSRS).

Private rented accommodation should also comply with basic legal minimum standards. It is the landlords’ responsibility to ensure the property meets all statutory requirements set out in the Housing Acts, Environmental Protection Act, Landlord and Tenant Act and also Planning and Building Control legislation.


Other Requirements

All gas installations and appliances must be checked and maintained annually by a suitably qualified Gas Safe  |registered gas installer and the installation must meet the requirements of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998.


All electrical installations should ideally be in compliance with BS7671: 1992 – Requirements for electrical installations, with the work being carried out by a contractor registered with the NICEIC (National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting) |or another similarly recognised organisation.


All furniture provided by the landlord must comply with the provisions contained in the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988. This applies to anyone who rents out residential furnished (or part furnished) accommodation which includes the supply of furniture, furnishings and other upholstered products. For more details, telephone the Council's Trading Standards Team on (01202) 451400 or e-mail|


Fire precautions and means of escape from fire in a single family home

Guidance for tenants, landlord and agents on Fire Precautions and Means of Escape from fire in Single Family Homes|.


Dorset Register of Accredited Landlords

Find out about the benefits of joining the register|.



Housing advice

Bournemouth Housing Advice Service |offers impartial and confidential advice covering a range of housing issues.

Condensation and mould growth

Read the following guidance on Condensation and Mould Growth| in the home.

Free Insulation for Bournemouth Landlords

To see if you qualify for free cavity wall and loft insulation for your rented properties under Bournemouth's award-winning scheme, contact the Dorset Energy Advice Centre| on

0800 975 0166.

Contacting the Healthy Homes Team

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telephone icon imageTelephone: 01202 451083


An icon representing a personIn Person: you can come into the Town Hall in person at the Housing Reception Office at the rear of the Town Hall between 08.30am and 4.45pm

Related Information


Postal Address Customer Services Centre,
St Stephens Road, Bournemouth, Dorset
Telephone 01202 451451
Minicom 01202 454974
Email Enquiries
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