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Private Sector Housing

Information on private sector housing within the town including Houses in Multiple Occupation, Home Improvement Grants, Energy Efficiency Grants, Public Health, Empty Properties and Private Property Compulsory Acquisition


  • Changes to Licensing of HMOs
    New legislation on the licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) comes into force on 1 October 2018.
  • House in multiple occupation - licence
    If you rent out a house in multiple occupation (HMO) in Stevenage, you may require a licence.
  • Homes in multiple occupation - safety inspections
    The Council carries out safety inspection on homes in multiple occupation to ensure that they are safe, fit to live in and meet the legislative standards.
  • Home Improvement Grants and Loans
    If you are over 60 and an owner-occupier you may be eligible for a grant or loan to pay for repairs, improvements, energy efficiency works or works to improve home safety.
  • Housing grants and loans FAQs
    Information about who is eligible to apply for a grant or loan and the works that are covered.
  • Home improvement grants - disability facilities grant
    The disabled facilities grant scheme provides financial assistance towards the cost of essential adaptation work to make a house fit for a disabled person.
  • Public health - housing
    Advice and information on all aspects of public health relating to housing. Enforcement of public health and housing regulations.
  • Empty properties
    The council will take action in respect of long-term vacant private properties to ensure that they are brought back into use.
  • Private property compulsory acquisition
    Local Authorities have the power to compulsorily acquire property and land for specific purposes. This means that the Council has the legal right to purchase property and land that may not be for sale by the owner.
  • The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations 2015
    Since 1st October 2015 private sector landlords have been required to have at least one smoke alarm installed on every storey of their properties and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance (e.g. a coal fire, wood burning stove).
  • Warmer Homes Scheme - Statement of Intent
    Stevenage Borough Council is working in partnership with Herts County Council and all of the other district and borough councils in Hertfordshire to provide the Warmer Homes Scheme.
  • Information for Landlords
    Information for current and prospective landlords