Private sector housing

Advice and information on all housing not owned by the Council including private rented and owner occupied properties.

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Are you a Responsible Landlord! Information and support for landlords and lettings agents. Launched in partnership with Cornwall Residential Landlords Association, Association of Residential Letting Agents and the South West Landlord Association.

 Through our work we hope to ensure that all housing within the private sector is in a good state of repair, is decent, and is safe for the occupants to live in. We would also like to improve access to decent affordable housing and are working to encourage the owners of empty properties to bring these much needed homes back into occupation.


  • Enforce standards in privately rented properties to ensure that properties are safe and healthy.
  • Licence and inspect Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs).
  • Promote energy efficiency improvements in partnership with Community Energy Plus and Cornwall Energy Efficiency Advice Centre.
  • Provide information to landlords and tenants.
  • Provide help and assistance to homeowners who want to return their empty properties to residential use.


Find out if you need a HMO licence, how much it will cost and how to apply for a licence.

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If you are the owner of an empty property we can provide support and assistance to help you bring it back into habitable use. 

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The Responsible Landlord Scheme supports private landlords and lettings agents to provide better quality accommodation whilst keeping up to date with what the law requires of them.

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Tell us about housing in the private sector which does meet suitable letting standards or does not comply with current legislation.

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There are a several changes that come into effect in 2017 as the further elements of the Housing and Planning Act 2014 are enacted.

This section highlights what those changes are.

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We are keen to work with private sector landlords and letting agents through the Cornwall Responsible Landlord Scheme and provide training and information events that fulfil a need for the industry.

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