Every year, the City Council’s Housing Standards Team work tirelessly to improve living standard
s for private tenants in Derby. They respond to complaints about unhealthy and dangerous living conditions and proactively inspect properties belonging to known ‘rogue’ landlords. Alongside this ‘on the ground’ work, they licence owners of larger houses in multiple occupation (HMO’s) making sure that they are fit and suitable for occupation.
The team also works closely with local landlords, offering training courses and seminars, producing newsletters and running a property accreditation scheme for those who wish to be recognised for letting quality accommodation.
In 2015-16 the team received and responded to 400 complaints from private tenants who were concerned about their living conditions. So, how has this helped the NHS?
The teams work to improve housing standards reduces pressure on GP’s and the NHS due to fewer home related injuries and ill-health caused by poor living conditions. A cost benefit evaluation
of the teams work in 2015-16 is estimated to have produced annual savings to the NHS of nearly half a million pounds and to wider society of over £1 million for the next 25 years. This equates to a total of over £12.25 million and £26 million respectively over the 25 years.
Councillor Baggy Shanker the Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services said:
“Everyone has the right to live in a safe and healthy home and the work by our Housing Standards team ensures that this is the case for residents in Derby. The help we provide to improve living standards in turn improves residents health and reduces pressure on the NHS.”
If residents are concerned about their living conditions, they should visit the Housing Standards webpages, email the Housing Standards Team or call 01332 640764