Private landlords

Private landlords

This page provides information, advice and support for landlords.

Private rented sector accreditation scheme

Our accreditation scheme, based on property inspections, ensures the condition of a property meets certain standards and is managed properly.

For more information on the scheme please view the leaflet here.

How to join the private rented sector accreditation scheme
To join the scheme, a private sector housing officer will need to carry out an inspection of the property. Before the inspection, copies of the following must be provided: For more information, or for an application form, please see the following documents: Benefits of the scheme include:
  • free property advertising on Northumberland Homefinder
  • free reference checking
  • reimbursement for the cost of one of either your energy performance certificate, your electrical installation condition report or your gas safety certificate once the property is accredited
  • access to a dedicated accredited landlords email address for use on all council-related issues such as local housing allowance
  • support in dealing with antisocial behaviour with a dedicated safer communities team for the private sector
Alternatively, contact the private sector team:
  • Telephone: 01670 622 299
  • Email: PrivateSectorHousing@northumberland.gov.uk
Right To Rent
The Right to Rent scheme - which requires landlords or agents to check ID of all prospective adult occupiers - was rolled out in parts of the West Midlands on 1 December 2014 and across the rest of England on 1 February 2016. The rules do not currently apply in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.  

For more information and a guide on Right to Rent please click here

Empty homes

We offer advice and support on bringing your empty property back to use.

Report an empty property
If you are concerned about an empty property, please contact the private housing team for advice on:
  • Telephone: 01670 622 299
  • Email: PrivateSectorHousing@northumberland.gov.uk
How we can help get your property back into use
If you own an empty property, we can offer you:
  • support and advice on bringing the property back into use
  • a fully managed service, available through Isos housing association*, that will alleviate some pressure
  • Free advertising through Northumberland Homefinder. Potential tenants would be reference checked as part of that service upon request.
*Each property is assessed for this service on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the private sector team for further details.

To find out what options may be available, please contact us:
  • Telephone: 01670 622 299
  • Email: PrivateSectorHousing@northumberland.gov.uk
Empty Dwelling Management Orders (EDMOS)
EDMOs are Orders that can be made by a First-tier Tribunal of the Property Chamber and give the council the right to take over the management of an empty residential property in certain circumstances with a view to bringing it back into use and occupation. We will be pleased to work collaboratively with you throughout the process to bring your property back into use.

Click here to find out more about EDMOS 

Safe & secure private rented property tool

Please follow the link below to help you avoid any potential safety or enforcement problems in your private rented property.

This tool is based on the Housing, Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS), which is often used by local authorities.

It is an easy-to-use tool which will help you to identify what hazards to look for in your property to ensure you are renting a safe, legal and secure home to your tenant.

Tenant accreditation scheme

This scheme provides landlords with a free reference-checking service with a view to making the tenancy more sustainable and avoiding issues of anti-social behaviour and non-payment of rent.

Tenants wishing to use the scheme will need to read, complete and sign the following:

Landlords wishing to use the scheme to reference check tenants, will need to ensure their property is properly accredited before they can access the scheme.

For full details, please see the following documents:

Rent deposit guarantee scheme

This scheme is available to help people find suitable, affordable accommodation by providing a bond guarantee in the private rented sector.

It is also available to tenants who are unable to raise the funds from another source, providing the property identified is already accredited through the council’s private rented sector accreditation scheme.

Moreover, the landlord will be given a paper guarantee that can be claimed upon the end of the initial tenancy period if there has been damage or rent arrears.

For more information, please contact Victoria.Ledger@northumberland.gov.uk or phone 01670 623053, or to apply, please see documents below.

 

Landlord Development Forum and Events

Opportunities for private sector landlords to share information and good practice

The forum is a great opportunity to share information and ideas and to promote the views of the private landlords contributing to the improvement of the County's housing

 

The next South East Development Forum is at 5:15pm Tuesday 4 July 2017 at Blyth Civic Centre Renwick Road Blyth NE24 2BX.

There will be the opportunity to network with other landlords, as well as officers from Northumberland County Council. 

If you wish to attend call (01670) 622299 or email privatesectorhousing@northumberland.gov.uk   
 


 

Annual Countywide Forum
The Private Sector Housing team also hold a Countywide Forum every year. This is an all day event with a number of presentations from guest speakers and trade stands. The next County Wide Forum will be held at: 
Morpeth Rugby Club, Mitford Road, Morpeth. NE61 1RJ  
Thursday 5th October 2017. 
Development Forum

The Private Sector Housing Team hold Landlord Development forums in the South East of the County every three months. The forum is a partnership between Northumberland County Council, private landlords and letting agents working in the private rented sector.

The forum is a great opportunity to share information and ideas and to promote the views of the private landlords contributing to the improvement of the County's housing

The next South East Development Forum is on Tuesday 4 July 2017 at Blyth Civic Centre Renwick Road Blyth NE24 2BX.

There will be the opportunity to network with other landlords, as well as officers from Northumberland County Council. 

If you wish to attend call (01670) 622299 or email privatesectorhousing@northumberland.gov.uk   

Landlord Development Courses

Northumberland County Councils Private Sector Housing Team are working alongside the
National Landlords Association, with Newcastle City Council and North Tyneside Council to run development courses for landlords and agents. All courses are £90 per delegate per day. For more information please contact:
Private Sector Housing Team on 01670 622 299

Please click here for dates of landlord courses

 

Further information and advice

Information for private landlords and tenants

The National Landlords Association (NLA) is the UK’s largest association for private-residential landlords. They work with full-time landlords with large property portfolios to those with just a single letting.    National Landlords Association   

The Residential Landlords Association offers a wide range of advice and information to its members Residential Landlords Association

Information for tenants
If you are a tenant in privately rented property you have certain rights and responsibilities.  Further information can be accessed via either the Shelter or Gov.uk websites.