In 2004, new legislation aimed at the private rented sector was passed.
The Housing Act 2004 came into force on 6 April 2006. Some of the changes included:
- the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) replaced the previous housing fitness standard
- the introduction of new enforcement powers
- the introduction of new mandatory licensing for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO)
View the Housing Act 2004 on Legislation.gov.uk.