Help and support with private renting

All privately rented homes should be in a good condition and not have:

  • Leaking roofs
  • Rising damp
  • Leaking gutters
  • Poor heating
  • Doors and windows that don't open and close properly

They should also have a good kitchen and bathroom.

If you think you have a problem with dampness, take a look at this short film:


Getting the right tenancy

Before you take up a new tenancy, you need to make sure that you get all the right paperwork and have a look around. Watch this short film that tells you what to look for:


Landlord responsibilities

Your landlord or agent must:

If your landlord is not carrying out their responsibilities, please call Housing Standards team on 01924 306665.

Wakefield Responsible Landlord Scheme

The scheme members are landlords who provide good quality homes and safe housing above the basic standards.

The benefits of choosing to rent from a scheme member are:

  • good landlord
  • the property is of a good standard and is properly managed and regulated
  • repairs and maintenance are carried out within an agreed time
  • deposits are refunded quickly at the end of the tenancy with a full and clear explanation of any deductions made
  • tenancy agreements that are clear and easy to understand
  • help and information if you have a dispute with your landlord

A list of members is available to download. This is updated monthly, If there is no telephone number showing next to the landlord details no properties are available at this time.

Good standards in private rented homes

All private rented homes should provide a safe and healthy environment for any occupants or visitors. We have a statutory responsibility to ensure that minimum property standards are maintained, and to intervene where these standards aren't met. These standards are set out in the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS).

Check out our video offering hints and tips when renting private accommodation, including what you should expect from your property and your landlord.

Inspecting homes

When we inspect homes we carry out a risk based assessment and consider the effect of any 'hazards' in the property. Some hazards are gradual in their effect, like dampness and cold, whilst others are quick, such as falls or burns. Some hazards are more likely to result in a serious outcome e.g. carbon monoxide poisoning or falling from a high window, whilst others are very unlikely to have such harmful consequences e.g. noise nuisance or poor layout of a bathroom.

No home is "risk free" and all have potential hazards e.g.stairs, electrical outlets etc. It is not possible or desirable to remove all hazards. The goal is to minimise the risk to health and safety either by removing the hazard altogether or minimising its effect.

In our inspections we will look at:

  • Penetrating damp: leaking gutters, roof, very poor pointing
  • Rising damp
  • Mould growth on walls, ceilings
  • Condensation
  • Leaking baths, waste pipes
  • Poorly maintained or installed gas appliances
  • Poor plasterwork
  • Condition of the the kitchen and the cooking facilities
  • Secure and cleanable work tops
  • Space for fridge and storing food
  • Cooker
  • Condition of bath, wash hand basin and toilet
  • Condition of the staircase including tread lengths,riser heights and uniformity of treads/risers
  • Handrails
  • Balustrading
  • Lighting to stairwell/steps
  • Condition of the wiring and fittings
  • Number and siting of sockets
  • Siting of meters/consumer unit/fuse box
  • Structural condition of chimney, brickwork, roof and floors etc

If you have any concerns about the standard in a property that you rent privately please contact the Housing Standards team on 01924 306665. In some cases the Council may need to take enforcement action against landlords who don’t maintain their properties to a safe standard. Click here for more information about what action can be taken.

Houses in multiple occupation

These are properties that are rented out as bedsits, shared houses, student houses or houses converted into flats. They'll need extra bathrooms and kitchens, and need a fire alarm system.

Properties have five or more tenants must be licensed.

If you're worried about your rented home and want us to visit or just give you some advice, please contact us​

Contact us

Strategic Housing

Wakefield Council
Wakefield One
PO Box 700
Burton Street

01924 306665