Private Sector Housing


Nobody wants to live in, or near to, run down and unsightly properties. Working with owner/occupiers, landlords and tenants of private housing we aim to improve the standard of housing conditions throughout Darlington. This can only be achieved by talking to and listening to landlords and their tenants. By working together we can make a difference.

How do we do it? We do it through

  • Working with householders and private landlords
  • Landlords' Forum
  • Enforcement action
  • Working with other partners
  • Property registration/licensing
  • Training and consultation
  • Attracting funding
  • Dealing with empty homes

We will

  • Deal with statutory nuisance due to poor housing conditions
  • Carry out Health and Safety Inspections in response to complaints from occupiers
  • Identify, inspect and improve the standards of houses in multiple occupation (HMO's)
  • Reduce the number of empty properties within the Borough
  • Carry out immigration inspections for people moving to the area from outside the European Union
  • Deal with disrepair complaints

Helpful links and information

Contacting the private sector housing team [online form, opens in new window]

Complaint or enquiry about private housing conditions [online form, opens in new window]

Information about blocked drains and sewers

2004 Housing Act [external link]

The Private Sector Housing Strategy [pdf document]

Housing Strategy 2012

Enforcement policy [pdf document]

Private Landlords and Universal Credit [pdf document]

More useful documents and information for landlords

Contact us

Private Sector Housing
Town Hall, Darlington DL1 5QT
Telephone: 01325 405333
Fax: 01325 406448

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