Private rented sector

The private rented sector plays an important role in the provision of housing in the borough, and the Council is keen to encourage its improvement to meet the demand for good quality rented accommodation.

Please read our pages on:

  • The Good Landlord & Agent Scheme
  • Selective Licensing 
  • Private landlords responsibilities
  • HMO’s

Minimum energy efficiency standards regulations 2015

Since 01 April 2020 all domestic private rented properties must have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) with a minimum rating of an E to be lawfully let out.

Non-compliance with the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards may lead to a penalty of up to £5,000.

Electrical safety standards in the private rented sector regulations 2020, and electrical installation condition reports (eicr)

From the 1st July 2020 all new tenancies in private rented sector are required to have an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR). From the 1st April 2021 this requirement was extended to all existing tenancies.

Click on the following link for more information – Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR).

Landlords – important information for changes to legislation (01 oct 2015)

Information from HMRC

View the latest HMRC webinars about property lettings.

Housing Enforcement Policy

The Private Sector Housing Team (PSHT) is part of the Housing and Development Control Unit within Burnley Borough Council.  The PSHT is concerned mainly with the Private Rented Sector however its remit also extends across all forms of tenure where appropriate.  The Council have statutory duties to regulate and enforce the Housing, Health and Safety Rating System, Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation and other rented dwellings in areas subject to selective licensing.  We also use other relevant legislation to ensure that homes are safe and well managed. Download the policy below.