The Urban Renewal Service is responsible for matters concerning private housing within Bury. Private housing means houses, which are not owned by the Council or by a Housing Association.
About private housing services in Bury
The main functions of the service are to:
improve the overall environment but with particular emphasis on private sector housing through area based regeneration initiatives, as well as individual improvements in selected areas within the Borough;
raise and maintain standards in the private rented sector by supporting tenants who are not receiving support from their landlord and those that may be vulnerable and potentially be at risk of poor management standards and very poor living conditions;
maintain standards in the private rented sector by working with landlords who manage and maintain their properties to a good standard;
undertake inspections of properties to ensure they meet a standard to support an individual requiring entry into the United Kingdom;
bring long-term empty properties back into use via a variety of informal and formal mechanisms;
assist householders to improve the condition of their property by offering advice and assistance in certain circumstances;
assist householders with a disability who need adaptations to help them remain independent in their home;
provide advice and information on energy efficiency measures and grants and schemes to make the cost of energy efficiency improvements more affordable.
provide an excellent service and understand the needs of service users and make improvements to the service through consultation and feedback on satisfaction
Urban Renewal enforcement policy
The Urban Renewal enforcement policy provides information to people who rent and own property within the Borough about what they can expect from our Urban Renewal officers.
The plan also gives information on:
how and why we inspect private properties to ensure they are up to a suitable standard;
the laws relating to private housing and how we enforce the law to improve the conditions of private properties;
how we licence homes in multiple occupation; and
how to complain if you are unhappy with our service.
For valuation of privately owned properties or land please contact one of the local firms of Chartered Surveyors (see the on-line Yellow Pages - Yell.com) or visit the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) web site for guidance.