Private landlords and tenants

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Know your rights as a privately renting tenant and your responsibilities as a landlord. Also includes information on Houses in multiple occupation (shared housing).

The Council has a Private Sector Housing Renewal Policy that offers assistance to landlords and first time buyers who wish to bring a property that has been empty for longer than one year, back into use.
When a property has been unoccupied for at least six months and we feel that the property is unlikely to be occupied in the near future, we will consider making an Empty Dwelling Management Order (EDMO).
Action that the council can take with regard to empty properties or those in a poor state of repair.
Knowing who is responsible for clearing a blocked drain or sewer is one of the hardest parts of drainage work.
It is a criminal offence if your landlord to tries to force you out of your home or evicts you without following the proper procedures.
To deal with a condensation problem effectively, you will need to keep your home ventilated, keep it warm and reduce moisture.
Report It Empty is a scheme that has been set up to help identify empty homes that may otherwise go undetected.
Grants for disabled adaptations are available to help you live more comfortably in your own home by providing the necessary alterations to meet your needs.
Ipswich Borough Council is working in partnership with other Suffolk Councils to ensure that all privately rented homes across the County meet Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards.


Contact Details

Private Sector Housing,
Ipswich Borough Council,
4W Grafton House,
15-17 Russell Road,

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01473 432000