A whole range of laws exist to ensure properties within North Somerset are safe for you to live in.
Landlords must operate within these laws as failure to comply with them can lead to jail, severe fines and prevent them from ever letting out properties again.
Housing legislation covers all kinds of property across the housing sector with safety the prime concern.
Each piece of legislation ensures homes are properly built, inspected, licensed, managed and registered.
However, if you are in any doubt about legal matters surrounding housing issues you should contact a solicitor for advice.
The following list of acts and regulations is a summary of the major housing legislation which affects housing within North Somerset: * Building Act 1984 - Sections 59 and 76 deal with drainage as a statutory nuisance, section 64 deals with the issue of toilets in properties and sections 77 and 78 deal with dangerous buildings * Defective Premises Act 1972 - Ensures landlords prevent disrepair which could cause harm to tenants and others or their possessions * Disability Discrimination Act 1995 - Makes it illegal to discriminate against Disabled people * Electricity Act 1989 - Sets the maximum price a landlord can charge tenants for electricity * Environmental Protection Act 1990 - Sections 79 to 81 in Part III contains powers allowing us to take action over statutory nuisances through notices requiring them to stop or prohibit or restrict their occurrence or recurrence * Fire Precautions Act 1971 - Section 10 allows the Fire Service to prohibit or restrict the use of premises where there is a serious risk to life in the event of a fire * Furniture and furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 - Requires landlords ensure their furniture and furnishings meet set safety standards * Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 - Ensure it is a landlord's statutory duty to arrange for an annual gas safety inspection by a Corgi registered engineer. * Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 - Section 3 places a duty on anyone who runs a business to ensure anyone not in their employment is not exposed to risks to their health or safety * Housing Act 1988 - Introduced the most common form of tenancy for private sector tenants, the assured shorthold tenancy agreement * Housing Act 2004 - Came into force on 6 April 2006 changing the way properties are inspected, licensed and registered and the way