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Residents in Leicester and its outlying areas, including Birstall, Thurmaston and Wanlip in Charnwood, are to be asked to continue to follow stricter lockdown restrictions for at least two weeks, and non-essential shops will be closed. More information - including frequently asked questions and a postcode checker - can be found at www.charnwood.gov.uk/restrictions.

Private landlords, lettings agents and managing agents have certain rights and responsibilities. 

DASH Landlord Accreditation Scheme

Charnwood Borough Council is a member of the DASH landlord accreditation scheme.

  • DASH promotes good housing so tenants of DASH accredited landlords can expect a responsible landlord with better housing standards, quick repairs and maintenance and fair tenancy agreements.
  • Landlords benefit from a market advantage, resource materials and training, as well as inclusion on the DASH register of accredited landlords and reduced HMO licensing fees.

Register to the DASH accreditation scheme, find out more about DASH or have a look at Shelter's good practice guide for landlord accreditation for more information.        

Houses in Multiple Occupation

If you are the landlord of a House in Multiple Occupation (or HMO), please visit our separate Licensable HMO page for further details as to the mandatory license that large HMOs are required to have.

Landlord e-newsletter

Our landlord e-newsletter contains lots of useful information specially designed for private landlords. Please fill in the form below to register.

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards in Domestic Private Rented Property

From April 1, 2020, all residential privately rented property which are required to have an EPC will need to meet minimum energy efficiency standards.

The Domestic Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) Regulations set a minimum energy efficiency level for domestic private rented properties. 

MEES came into force in England and Wales on 1 April 2018 and applies to all domestic private rented properties that are let on an assured tenancy, a regulated tenancy or a domestic agricultural tenancy and which are legally required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).

From April 1, 2018, all properties let on a new tenancy (with a new or existing tenant) need to have a minimum EPC rating of E, or register an exemption, before they enter into the new tenancy or renew an existing tenancy.

If a current tenancy period started before April 1, 2018 and runs until at least April 1, 2020, the landlord and property owner has until April 1, 2020 to improve the rating of properties with an EPC rating of F or G, to a minimum EPC rating of E, or register an exemption, before they enter into the new tenancy or renew an existing tenancy.

Where a Local Authority identified a property which breaches the regulations, a civil penalty of up to £4,000 may be imposed.

There are exemptions from the requirements, for further details on these and the cost cap on funding improvements to your property, please visit: www.gov.uk/guidance/domestic-private-rented-property-minimum-energy-efficiency-standard-landlord-guidance.

If you have any queries regarding the Regulations, please E-Mail the Private Sector Housing Team at: private.housing@charnwood.gov.uk.

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