1st Edition

Private Sector Housing and Health Evaluating the Effectiveness of Regulation Intended to Protect the Health of Tenants

By Paul Oatt Copyright 2025
    132 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book is an evaluation of the effectiveness of housing enforcement and tenant protection in England’s private rented sector using policy analysis to evaluate regulatory provisions and local authority guidance to identify the advantages and limitations of existing policies.  From the environmental health practitioner perspective, the targeted health problem is occupiers privately renting from negligent or criminal landlords who are subsequently exposed to hazardous conditions arising from disrepair.


    Paul Oatt’s analysis looks at the powers local authorities have to address retaliatory eviction when enforcing against housing disrepair and digs deeper into their duties to prevent homelessness and powers to protect tenants from illegal eviction. He then explores the potential for tenants to take private action against landlords over failures to address disrepair; before finally discussing proposals put forward by Government to abolish retaliatory evictions and improve security of tenure with changes to contractual arrangements between landlords and tenants, based on successive stakeholder consultations.  The policy analysis looks at these aspects to analyse the overall effectiveness of housing strategies and their implementation, examining causality, plausibility, and intervention logic as well as the unintended effects on the population.  Equitability is examined to see where policy effects create inequalities as well as the costs, feasibility, and acceptability of policies from landlords and tenants’ perspectives.   


    The book will be of relevance to professionals interested in housing and health, as well as students at universities that teach courses in Environmental Health, Public Health, and Housing Studies.



    List of Abbreviations


    List of Figures


    List of Tables




    Eviction and its health effects


    The Effectiveness of Housing Policy Development


    The Unintended Effects of Housing Policy Implementation 


    Housing Policy, Social Inequalities and Equitability.


    Housing Policy, Costs, and Implementation


    Housing Policy Implementation, Feasibility and Acceptability


    Reforming the Private Rented Sector




    Paul Oatt BSc (Hons) MSc CEnvH FCIEH is a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner with 20 years’ experience as a local authority Environmental Health Officer up to Management Level. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Health, and an MSc in Public Health, Health Services Management. Paul is experienced in public health interventions relating to housing and pollution through the improvement of standards of both owner-occupied and privately rented housing. He is the author of Selective Licensing: The basis for a collaborative approach to addressing health inequalities (Routledge, 2020). Paul is a Fellow of the CIEH and an Associate member of the Faculty of Public Health at Middlesex University where he currently lectures on the subjects of environmental health, housing, construction and housing enforcement. He also provides training courses on Housing and Environmental related subjects including Damp and Mould, HMO regulation and Housing Enforcement.