Renting out your home

Thinking about renting out your home?

If you are a Landlord who would like to rent out your property please contact the Housing Service for further information on 01252 774420. We offer a landlord incentive scheme to those who are willing to work with the council and rent their property to our clients. 

If you are already a landlord or property owner in Hart we can offer you a range of free services and an easy way to let your property. 

Why choose Hart District Council to let your property?

We currently have over 1,200 tenants on our housing register waiting to move into properties in Hart. We can offer you a let only service with no fees. Landlord benefits include:

  • Guaranteed first months rent in advance
  • Tenant finding and selection
  • Bond guarantee protected by Hart District Council
  • Free tenancy agreements
  • Free professional third party check-in and check-out 
  • Expert housing officers to handle your letting

For more information or to sign up to our free letting service please register your interest online.

Free information for landlords

As a service to our landlords, we have partnered with the National Landlords Association (NLA) to provide you with free information when you register with the NLA Landlord Associate Scheme. 

As an associate you will be entitled to:

  • Unlimited free downloads of tenancy agreements and a wide range of other essential forms and documents (many of which are editable online) and maintain your own personal tenancy agreement repository online.
  • Receive invitations and free entry to landlord meetings.
  • Receive a fortnightly e-newsletter to help you keep pace with developments in the private rented sector.
  • Access to selected digitised pages from the NLA’s member magazine ‘UK Landlord’.
  • Participate in NLA landlord surveys. 
  • Register your landlord accreditation on the National Register of Accredited Landlords, and gain national recognition for your work.

If you are not already a member or associate of the NLA, to register as an associate all you need to do visit the NLA website and enter your contact details.

We recommend that all landlords take this opportunity to keep up to date with ever changing rules and regulation, and to use reliable forms and letters, drafted by the industry’s largest landlord association.

Leaflets:

For more advice on being a landlord visit the Gov.uk website.

Empty Properties

Hart District Council is keen to support people to bring empty properties back into use and there are a number of ways that we can do this. We use information from our council tax records to identify properties that are empty for more than six months and will endeavour to make contact with home owners to discuss their property and the support we can give to help them bring it back into use. If you are the owner of an empty property and would like help bringing it back into use you can find out more information from our Empty Properties leaflet.

If you would like to report a property that you think is empty then please do so using our Empty Property Reporting Form.

Leaflet:

Letting and Managing Agents Redress Scheme

If tenants or landlords are not happy with the service they receive from letting and managing agents they can complain to one of the three government-approved redress schemes.

Ombudsman Property Services
Property Redress Scheme
Property Ombudsman

It is the Council’s duty to enforce the scheme and if letting or managing agents fail to join an approved scheme, they can be fined up to £5000. Further information on who the scheme applies to can be found in the following document:

Letting Agents and Property Managers – Which Government approved redress scheme do you belong to?

Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)

Changes to the law for licensing Houses in Multiple Occupation

From 1 October 2018 the law is changing around the licensing of houses in multiple occupation (HMOs). At present a HMO must be licensed if it has three or more storeys and is occupied by five or more people. The Government has extended the scope of mandatory HMO licensing. This extension will apply where certain HMOs are occupied by five people or more in two or more households, regardless of the number of storeys.

This includes any HMO which is a building or a converted flat where householders lack or share basic amenities such as a toilet, personal washing facilities or cooking facilities. It will also apply to purpose built flats where there are up to two flats in the block and one or both are occupied as an HMO. For more information on how to apply for a licence contact our Private Sector Housing Team on 01252 774420 or email housing@hart.gov.uk.

Fees

Number of people living in property* Fee for a five-year property licence Renewal fee for a five-year property licence
5 £659.91 £507.31
6-10 £829.11 £637.39
11-15 £992.69 £763.12
16-20 £1156.25 £888.87
21+ £1319.83 £1014.61

*Babies and children are counted as people for the fee calculation

You get a £75.00 reduction if you are a member of the National Landlords Association (NLA) and any other association affiliated to the National Federation of Residential Landlords (NFRL). Please note this is currently under review.

You can pay online for your HMO fees.

See also:

LACORS Fire Safety Guidance

Feedback on our service

If you would like to feedback on the service you have received by the Landlord Liaison Officer please use our online feedback form.

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