Renting out property

What a landlord must do

If you own a property and rent it out, you are a landlord. It is your responsibility to make sure that the property is safe and free from health hazards. 

Renting out property counts as running a business. You have a legal duty to check that your tenants have the 'right to rent' and how you manage the deposit. Getting it wrong can be very costly.

The GOV.UK website has all the information you need to let a property. It will explain your legal responsibilities, from health and safety to your financial obligations.

Renting out your property: GOV.UK

Houses in Multiple Occupation

If you rent property to at least 3 tenants, forming more than one household with shared toilet, bathroom, or kitchen facilities you may need a licence.

House in multiple occupation licence; GOV.UK

Leasing your property to the council

We lease properties from private landlords. The rent is under the ‘market rate', but is guaranteed all year round and there are no additional management fees.

Under the lease, property management is our responsibility and it is our duty to return a vacant property to you at the end of the agreement. The only additional cost to you is for any ongoing repairs to keep the property safe.

We use the property to accommodate people in housing need.

Leasing your property to the council

 

When this content has been updated

Last updated 17 August 2017