Leasing your property to us
Residential leasing scheme
We want to increase the number of houses we have to rent to people who need accommodation. If you are a private landlord, you can lease your property to us so that we can then sub-let the property to someone needing housing.
We are particularly keen to bring unused housing back into use, such as holiday homes or empty properties.
If you own property which may be appropriate, please contact your local housing office.
The process includes:
- Giving you a copy of a draft lease which you should seek independent legal advice about
- Advising us about how much rent you are seeking for the property. Rents should be based on your Local Housing Allowance rates
- Inspecting your property. We will only take on properties that meet set minimum standards
- Doing any works necessary to bring the property up to that minimum standard. When the works have been completed, a further inspection is undertaken
- Agreeing a date of entry and signing the lease
The benefits to you
- You can continue to be paid rent but have no direct involvement in letting the property
- You do not have to manage the tenancy
- We let the property and we are the landlord of the tenant
- We deal with all aspects of the tenancy, such as collecting rent and all the extra costs associated with letting a property
- We guarantee to give the property back in the same condition as when it is first let, at no cost to you
- The rent is paid 6 months in advance whether the property is occupied or not. The lease will be for a period of between 3 and 10 years
What you must do (may involve a cost)
- Undertake works required to bring the property up to our minimum standards
- You must apply to be registered as a private landlord
- Obtain an electrical safety certificate
- Obtain a gas safety certificate if there is any gas in the property
- Keep the property wind and water tight