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Private Sector Housing Standard consultation

Consultation runs from 8 May 2018, 12:01am to 29 May 2018, 11:59pm

Introduction and background

We recognise that the many landlords and property agents in Cambridge play a key role in meeting the city's housing needs.

It has been acknowledged that current housing standards are outdated and that those responsible do not always understand which parts apply to the accommodation they manage.

The Housing Act 2004 enables local housing authorities to set their own standards in respect of houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) in particular. These standards must be equal to or higher than national minimum prescribed standards.

The main purpose of our proposed new Private Sector Housing Standard is to further protect the health, safety and general wellbeing of tenants. Giving local landlords and property managers a clear and consistent local standard that covers key areas, will help them provide safe and suitable accommodation in compliance with relevant national legislation.

The key areas covered by the proposed standard are:

  • the definition of house in multiple occupation (HMO) under the Housing Act 2004
  • HMO licensing criteria
  • fire safety standards
  • amenities standards
  • minimum space standards in terms of sleeping rooms

Consultation information

We are inviting your views on our proposed Private Sector Housing Standard for Cambridge.

To tell us what you think about the proposal, complete our online questionnaire:

Printed copies of the standard document and questionnaire are available - contact us on the details below.


If you have any questions about this consultation, contact Residential team at or 01223 458050.

Post any correspondence to Residential team, Cambridge City Council, PO Box 700, Cambridge CB1 0JH.

Next steps

Questionnaire responses will be collated and considered, following which we will ask the Housing Scrutiny Committee to adopt the standard in due course.


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