There are minimum standards that apply to all private rented housing which avoids people being housed in a poor condition. The standards ensure homes are safe to live in by being warm, energy efficient, and do not cause harm or illness to the occupiers.
What can I do if my rented home needs repairs?
- If you are a tenant of a private landlord, further advice can be seen on the council's website on asking for repairs to be completed and accessing support if they are not complete
- If you are a tenant of another housing association or managing agent, please contact them directly to complete the repairs required in your home
- If you are a tenant of Wolverhampton Homes please contact our repairs service
Housing Allocations Policy
Under the council's Housing Allocations Policy, we are unable to award priority due to the condition of an applicants home. However, this can change if the council's Private Sector Housing team has confirmed that the property cannot be lived in, leaving the applicant homeless. More details can be seen on Homes in the City's website.
Damp and mould
Damp and mould growth are often mistaken for leaks. In most cases, they are caused by condensation, which occurs when warm moist air comes into contact with a cold surface like a wall or window. Things like cooking, washing, drying clothes indoors and boiling kettles can all cause condensation.
We are unable to award priority due to damp and mould in homes, therefore, it's important to try to stop damp or mould developing in your home. Check out our 'how to' video.
In the majority of cases, damp and mould can be treated either by the tenant or the landlord. Because of this, we may be unable to award priority due to medical conditions which can be affected by damp and mould.
Housing Act 2004
The council has the power to enforce standards set out in the Housing Act 2004 with the City Housing and Environment team, working to ensure that homes in the private rented sector meet the required standards. The council can take enforcement action against landlords who do not meet these standards. Useful links can be seen on their website: