How we monitor private sector housing conditions
The council has a statutory duty to monitor the condition of local private sector housing in Liverpool.
We do this in several ways:
- Through our officers visiting householders in their homes to diagnose defects.
- By collecting information on works carried out locally.
- By periodic large-scale surveys of local properties, such as the housing condition survey.
We have a team of Environmental Health Officers who can use enforcement powers to make unwilling landlords improve properties if there are serious health and safety risks to their tenants.
Where landlords fail to carry out the necessary work we can prosecute them if we consider housing conditions to be a danger on the basis of health and safety standards and the landlord is unwilling to take the appropriate remedial action.