Private Sector Standards
The council is committed to making sure that all homes in Fife, including ones that are rented in the private sector, are of a decent standard. Where housing conditions don't meet minimum legal standards the Private Sector Standards Team will work with landlords, using enforcement action where necessary, to ensure these standards are met.
If you are thinking of letting your home, it is vital that you are aware of your legal rights and obligations. Additional information can be found at Private Landlord Registrationand at HMO Licensing.
For information about the rules on private renting, and the rights and responsibilities for both landlords and tenants, please access www.rentingscotland.org.
When private letting standards complaints are brought to our attention the Private Sector Standards Team based within Housing and Neighbourhood Services will begin a compliance investigation.
- Private Sector Standard’s officers, will explain the reasons for the Council’s involvement.
- The preferred approach is to work with landlords/agents to help to prevent the need for official enforcement.
It should be noted that it is not always possible to adopt an informal approach especially where a landlord/agent fails to positively engage with us.
Where it is identified that a landlord or agent has failed to comply with any legal obligation in relation to the letting and/or management of properties, initial contact will be made with the landlord or agent in order to inform them of the identified concerns. Appropriate advice and information will be given and if deemed necessary an action plan agreed in order to address the areas of concern.
The Council will advise the landlord that their management practices will be monitored and that failure to adhere to their legal obligations will result in their suitability as a “fit and proper person” being reviewed. An action plan for improvement will be agreed with the landlord and monitored by the Private Sector Standards Officer’s within Housing and Neighbourhood Services.
Where a landlord fails to comply with any recommendations or an action plan, the Council will decide on the appropriate course of action to be taken and the possibility of reviewing the “fit and proper” status of the landlord/agent concerned.
The following new and revised guidance’s will be available from 14th February 2014:
- Landlord Registration guide ‘How to complete a valid application’
- Landlord Registration ‘Compliance Guidance’
- Private ‘Landlord/Agent Action Plan’
- Landlord Fire Safety guide ‘Are you aware of your responsibilities’.
Tenants can contact the Private Sector Standards Team directly to discuss a landlord or agent who they believe are failing to comply with current legal obligations in relation to the letting and/or management of privately let property.
Private Sector Standards officers can be contacted on 01592 583225 or email PrivateSector.Standards@fife.gov.uk
Tel: 01592 583397 Contact Landlord Registration Team online
By Post: Rothesay House Rothesay Place Glenrothes Fife KY7 5PQ