Somerset West Private Sector Housing Partnership

Bridgwater from the air

The Somerset West Private Sector Housing Partnership (SWPSHP) is a Partnership between Sedgemoor, Taunton Deane and West Somerset to deliver the private sector housing functions of the District Council. The Partnership was set up in October 2007 between Sedgemoor District Council and West Somerset Council. Taunton Deane Borough Council joined in April 2010.

The Partnership is responsible for delivering grants (principally low interest loans), Disabled Facilities Grants, enforcing housing standards, voluntary Landlord Accreditation Scheme, bringing empty properties back into use and energy efficiency/fuel poverty

The website pages provide advice and information on all private sector housing in Sedgemoor, Taunton Deane and West Somerset. We also seek to improve access to decent affordable housing by encouraging the owners of empty properties to bring these much needed homes back into occupation.

Private sector housing can be broken down into three distinct areas:

  • Housing standards in the private rented sector and grants. A range of up to date information and advice to assist landlords in renting out properties and houses of multiple occupation ( Homes in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)) which comply with the relevant legislation. Accredited Landlords in Somerset which is a free voluntary scheme to promote good practice and improve standards of management in the private rented sector ( Landlord Accreditation). There is also information on empty property, low cost loans and how to bring properties back into use ( Empty Homes).
  • Home maintenance, finance and advice. This includes information on finances and advice the council can offer home owners to maintain their properties.
  • Disabled Facilities Grants and household adaptations. Advice for people wishing to apply for a disabled facilities grant, or wishing to apply on someone's behalf ( Disabled Facilities / Adaptations).

The partnership also works with Aster Living who are the preferred Home Improvement Agency. They offer a client-focused service to help elderly and disabled people make household repairs, improvements or adaptations in order to retain and promote independent living. For more information, visit Aster Living (external link).

Alternatively you can contact the Somerset West Private Sector Housing Partnership on 0300 303 7794 who will be happy to provide advice on any aspect of private sector housing.