Housing enforcement guidance

Powers of entry

In most cases access is voluntarily given.

Prior to any enforcement under the Housing Act 2004 section 239(5), at least 24 hours notice of intention to enter is required to be given to the owner (if known) and occupier of the premises.

We will seek to obtain a warrant to enter premises where legislation provides for this and the circumstances justify the action, such circumstances may include:

  • a house in multiple occupation where the owner is not allowing access
  • a filthy and verminous property where the occupier is not allowing access for an initial inspection
  • where entry with prior notification may allow vital evidence to be removed