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Private rented scheme

We want to make it as easy as possible for landlords to work with us. As a landlord, you can rent your properties through our private rented scheme. The scheme introduces individuals and families in need of housing to local landlords.

Our free service

We provide a comprehensive lettings service. All we ask is that the property you are renting out meets the same basic safety standards as for any other letting (see property requirements below).

  • Free tenant finder service - no commission to pay.
  • Free advice with tenancy management issues.
  • Personalised service to you which includes regular visits to your property.

We can also work with overseas landlords with local management arrangements in place.

Property requirements

We mainly need self-contained accommodation from studios up to four bedrooms.

We will only consider a property with an overseas landlord if suitable management arrangements have been made and written confirmation of authority to act on behalf of the landlord is provided.

As a minimum standard your property should have:

  • a Gas Safe safety certificate
  • a valid energy performance certificate
  • one smoke alarm (hard wired) per storey
  • carbon monoxide detectors (10-year lithium battery or hard wired) by the kitchen, boiler and other gas appliances (where separate)
  • floor covering such as carpets, laminate or vinyl flooring
  • adequate ventilation, heating and lighting throughout property
  • a secure and well-maintained exterior
  • a fridge/freezer, cooker and ideally a washing machine

Note: You must supply a tenancy agreement (contract) for the tenancy.

Renting out your property

Letting timescales

The private lettings market is fast moving and our scheme aims to reflect this. We have available tenants so are usually able to complete a tenancy within a short timescale. To avoid delays please ensure that the property is clean, safe and ready to let, with all documents in place (eg gas safety certificate).

Tenant screening and support

Where possible we will conduct assisted viewings. For added peace of mind tenants referred to the scheme must not have a history of intentional rent arrears or anti-social behaviour within rented accommodation. As a Council, we work with tenants to prevent them becoming homeless and help them find suitable rented accommodation.


We will pay a deposit which is normally equivalent to six weeks rent. The deposit has to be protected under an approved deposit protection scheme and the Council's interest will need to be listed on the deposit certificate when it is registered in the scheme.

Rent payments

Under the direct payment scheme, housing benefit payments are set up to be paid four weekly in arrears and these payments will go direct to the owner of the property or the managing agent. Although this gives landlords security and peace of mind, if there is any rental shortfall it will remain the tenant's responsibility to ensure the landlord receives the full contractual monthly rent.

Rent arrears

The scheme has a number of safeguards to help minimise rent arrears providing we are informed as soon as possible. We complete initial screening checks and refuse further help to those who have a history of rent arrears due to deliberate non-payment. We also do affordability checks.

Contact information

  • 01494 421603 or 01494 421606