Housing Issues

What is a hazard in the home?

A hazard is any risk of harm to your physical health, mental health or safety caused by a problem in your home. This could be because of how the property was built or because of repairs that haven't been done.

Below are some examples of the common hazards in the home but you may be experiencing others, it is important to get help if you need it.

Types of hazards in the home

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Damp and mould

It is your landlord’s responsibility to ensure that all parts of the building are in good repair and there is adequate heating and insulation to prevent damp and mould.




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Electrical safety

The electrical installation needs to be checked for safety at least every 5 years.

Your landlord should provide you with a copy of the certified electrician’s report (often called an EICR).




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Excess Cold

All properties require controllable heating in each room and there must be a constant supply of hot water.

The gas appliances must be serviced by a gas safe registered contractor each year. 



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General disrepair

Landlords are responsible for repairs to the structure of the property and to provide adequate kitchen and bathroom facilities. They should maintain all parts of the property throughout the tenancy.


Mrs A's story

Mrs A sent a text message to her landlord to ask him to fix some problems in her home, including a loose window in her son’s room which was causing water to enter the property and mould to grow. The landlord said he’d get repairs done but after a few weeks, he said that his contractor was busy and couldn’t give a timescale.

Mrs A called Housing Standards and the duty officer arranged an inspection, on which he found other problems that Mrs A wasn’t aware of. He contacted the landlord and agreed a deadline to get the repairs done. He gave advice on how to keep the mould under control in the meantime.

Mrs A was worried the landlord would evict her, but the officer told her that the court would be unlikely to let him do this after she had reported disrepair and that the council would help if he tried to illegally evict her.

The landlord completed the repairs and, two years later, Mrs A and her family are living happily in their home. The mould - which is what Mrs A was most worried about - is gone and she spends less on heating bills.

What do Housing Standards do?

Environmental Health Officers in Housing Standards ensure that landlords maintain their properties to protect the health, safety and welfare of their tenants. They deal with family homes, flats and shared houses owned by private landlords and social housing providers. They work to ensure the repairs are completed and the tenant can remain in the property.

If it is not possible to sort issues out informally, the Housing Standards Team may take enforcement action.

What should I do next?

Contact your landlord - in writing - to tell them you are experiencing issues with repairs or damp, giving them an opportunity to resolve the problem

If your landlord doesn't deal with the problem

Contact Bradford Council Housing Standards by:

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