If you wish to complain about outstanding repairs in the privately rented property which you live in, you should ensure that you have reported the issues to your landlord in the first instance.
For emergency matters, please telephone your landlord immediately and then inform Environmental Health of the problem.
After reporting the problems to your landlord/managing agent, please give them a reasonable amount of time to complete any necessary repair works before complaining to the Council. You must also ensure that you are up to date with your rent payments.
You must ensure that the unsatisfactory conditions you wish to complain about fall under the landlord's responsibility to repair, and that the conditions are not a result of your lifestyle or due to damage/neglect on your part. View more information.
Please note that any involvement from Environmental Health is not intended to assist with any re-housing application that you may have. Instead, the purpose of the intervention is to ensure that the property which you are currently living in, is safe for you, your family and any visitors.
You should also ensure that you are available for your landlord and their contractors to visit the property and inspect the items of disrepair for themselves. If you repeatedly miss appointments, or refuse entry to your landlord and / or his contractors then you are unnecessarily delaying the repairs from being completed.
Please be aware that by making a formal complaint to Environmental Health:
- you will not have any legal protection against eviction as a result of making a complaint
- your landlord will have to be made aware of the complaint
- your landlord will be informed of any inspections carried out.
However, it is important that if you think that your property is not up to the acceptable standard for a privately rented property then you do report these problems to Environmental Health if repairs are not being undertaken.
Informing your landlord
If you are able to contact your landlord directly, please do this in the first instance. To assist you to report the defects, some template letters have been provided for you. Fill in the details, send a copy to your landlord/managing agent and ensure that you keep a copy of the letter for yourself. Please ensure that your landlord has your up to date contact telephone number.
If, after 14 days from sending this letter, you have not heard from your landlord, try to contact them by telephone to speak to them directly. If you are still not satisfied with the progress being made, then you should send a further letter to them.
Please note: the second letter gives the landlord a final 7 days to address the issues.
3. Contact us if still no action is taken
If you still consider that repairs to your property are still outstanding after sending letters 1 and 2, then please tell us about the disrepairs using our online form.