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Advice for private landlords

Renting out a property can be a great investment for your future but for some it can be a confusing process. We've brought together information from various sources to help you along the journey to renting out your property in a legal, safe and straight forward way.

Here are some tips if you are new to renting out property:

  1. Learn as much about property management as you can before you start - see the links below for some of the information you should know about:
  2. Keep yourself informed of changes in the sector - see the links below for details of the Landlords' Forum and Newsletter;
  3. Ensure your property is safe and meets current housing standards;
  4. If the property will be shared by a number of people or households, find out whether you will need a licence for a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO);
  5. Speak to your mortgage lender - you may not be allowed to rent out your property without their permission;
  6. Obtain references for your prospective tenants;
  7. Draw up a proper tenancy agreement;
  8. Check the Right to Rent status of all adults who will be living in the property (effective for new tenancies from 1st February 2016)
  9. Protect the deposit properly;
  10. Draw up an inventory of all the contents of the property;
  11. Check your insurance policy;
  12. Obtain an Energy Performance Certificate.

To keep updated on developments and changes in legislation affecting private landlords, see the 'Landlords' Forum and newsletter' below 

You can find information on the rights and responsibilities of landlords below:

Landlord Accreditation

Landlords' Forum and Newsletter

Landlords guide to Housing Standards

Houses in multiple occupation (HMOs)

Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)

Choosing a Letting Agent

Tenancy agreements


Landlord Insurance

Energy Performance Certificates

The Energy Company Obligation

Dealing with problem tenants

Dealing with rent arrears

Rent Increases

How to serve notice on a tenant

Harassment and Illegal Evictions

Abandonment of Tenancies

Waste and recycling

If a landlord commits an offence under the Housing Act, the Council has a number of powers it can use:

Powers available to the Council

In addition, further information is available on the GOV.UK website - see useful links

Related documents

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[3Mb] Delegation of Decisions - Authorisations for Private Sector Housing Delegation of decisions

The documents in this section are in Adobe Acrobat format (pdf). You will need Acrobat Reader to view these files which can be downloaded from the Adobe website free of charge.