Landlords of privately rented accommodation are responsible for ensuring that their property is in a safe and satisfactory condition. We have the legal responsibility to ensure that proper standards are reached and maintained.
Landlord Accreditation Scheme
We have a landlord accreditation scheme in Oxford to raise the standard of private rented accommodation in the city.
The aim of the scheme is to improve the quality, condition and operation of the rented market and will help tenants recognise private landlords and agents who are committed to providing good quality accommodation in the city.
Please visit our Landlord Accreditation Scheme pages to find out more.
Houses in Multiple Occupation Licensing
Visit our HMOs page for full details.
Standards for Houses in Multiple Occupation
The council has published a Amenities and Facilities Guide for landlords so that they can comply with the minimum legal requirements for HMOs.
Amenities and Facilities Guide (1MB PDF)
Home Choice Scheme
Oxford City Council runs a rent deposit scheme providing people who may be homeless with the opportunity of finding a home in the private sector. The Private Rented Sector Team can refer potential tenants to you and provide cash deposits or bonds and can help out with tenancy agreements, direct payments of housing benefits and legal advice. Please visit our Home Choice page for full details.
Rent a Room Scheme
You can earn extra money by renting out a room in a property you live in yourself under the Rent a Room Scheme. The scheme lets you earn up to a threshold of £4,250 per year tax-free from letting out furnished accommodation in your home. From April 2016, this tax-free allowance will increase to £7,500. You might need permission from your mortgage lender or landlord, and you will need to tell your home insurer. If you are receiving benefits they might be reduced.
Information for landlords about Housing Benefit.
Housing Health and Safety Rating System
Guidance for Landlords and Property Related Professionals can be found on the Department for Communities and Local Government website.
The Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) is a risk assessment tool used to assess potential risks to the health and safety of occupants in residential properties in England and Wales. The legislation came into effect in England on 6 April 2006.
The assessment method focuses on the hazards that are present in housing. Tackling these hazards will make housing healthier and safer to live in.
This guidance is aimed at non-specialists, in particular private landlords, to help them understand the requirements under the Housing Act 2004 in relation to the HHSRS and help them identify the type of work that is needed on their properties to conform with the HHSRS.
Download the fire safety guidance booklet below and visit the Furniture and Furnishings Fire Safety Regulations page of the Office of Public Sector Information website:
LACORS Fire Safety Guide for Housing (1600kB PDF)
Gas Registration Scheme
A new gas safety scheme came into force on 1 April 2009. Visit the Gas Safe Register website for full details.
Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation RegulationsVisit Management Regulations pages of the Office of Public Sector Information website for full details.
Information and advice on energy efficiency and funding is provided below:Energy saving advice for landlords (PDF)
Responsible OrganisationsSome issues are dealt with by other organisations:
- The safety of electrical equipment and fire resistance of furniture are the responsibility of Oxfordshire County Council's Trading Standards department
- the duty of all landlords to have gas appliances tested is enforced by the Health and Safety Executive.