Our Tenancy Relations Service provides free and confidential advice and assistance to both tenants and landlords in the private rented sector. We aim to promote good relations between landlords and tenants, and to encourage good practice.
Harassment and illegal eviction are serious criminal offences. Oldham Borough Council has the legal power contained within Section 6 of the Protection From Eviction Act 1977, to investigate allegations of harassment and unlawful eviction. We exercise this power on behalf of Oldham Borough Council. We have a clear mandate to instigate criminal prosecution against any landlords, or their agents, who subject their tenants to a campaign of criminal harassment, or evict them without following the law.
As part of the Deregulation Act 2015, landlords in England must provide new tenants with ‘prescribed information’ that makes them aware of their rights and responsibilities. Thankfully, this information is contained in a single government pamphlet entitled ‘How to Rent’, which you can download right here.