Information for Private Landlords

This page describes the Council's work with private landlords in Mid Sussex.  Here you can find advice on letting out your property.

The Council is keen to develop and maintain a good relationship with private landlords in order to support the role of the private sector in meeting the housing needs of the district.

STOP PRESS!!  Right to Rent

We will check occupiers' status for you for clients we send your way and remove your liability. See Government guidance on this.

Looking for a tenant?

As a landlord you can’t completely escape risk. We all know there are good and bad tenants out there and even tenants who tick all the boxes can turn out to be a disappointment sometimes. However, there are ways of reducing or managing that risk. Basically you have 3 options: to advertise yourself, to use a lettings agent, or to avail yourself of our free tenant-matching service.

If you advertise yourself, you rely largely on what the candidate tells you about their background and circumstances and, whilst you may be a good judge of character, you have to live with your decision alone if things go wrong.

Letting through an agency can offer some safeguards through credit-checking and referencing and take out some of the hassle and stress. Of course, you will have to pay for this service which reduces your net income, and still the tenancy could fail.

As an alternative, you could use our free tenant-matching service. Our clients come from all walks of life: students, professionals, retired people or those on benefits. We see single people, couples and families. So we’re bound to have someone on our books who matches your person and rental requirements. We vet each client, by looking at their housing history and assessing affordability. Only then do we try to match a client with a landlord with a view to a long-term sustainable tenancy. You decide on the initial tenancy term. We’ll organise the funds and the housing benefit claim, if applicable, and offer you advice on preparing tenancy agreements and inventories as well as helping you with housing benefit queries during the tenancy. We can also offer our clients financial and practical support if they need it to start off and continue in the tenancy. We even organise tenancy sustainment workshops to ensure clients fully understand their responsibilities as tenants and offer practical advice and support to ensure tenancies run as smooth and trouble-free as possible.

If you think our service might be for you, why not call us to discuss it in more detail.

Housing Needs Team:
Telephone: 01444 477574

Housing Benefit (HB) and Local Housing Allowance (LHA)

If tenants are on a low income or in receipt of certain benefits they may be entitled to Housing Benefit to help with their rent.  You as a landlord can actually monitor your tenant's Housing Benefit claim.

Track the progress of your tenant's Housing Benefit claim on line - using Connect Self Service

Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is the maximum level at which Housing Benefit can be paid to private tenants. LHA is set at a flat rate and is dependent on the number of bedrooms needed by a household and where the property is situated.  It is paid direct to the tenant but can be paid to the landlord in exceptional cases, such as where the tenant has difficulty managing their budget to the point where their tenancy might be threatened.

For more information go to our Local Housing Allowance page and the LHA rate page.

Guidance for landlords

Make sure you're up to date with the latest legislation!

Government advice on the web for private landlords

New legislation affecting landlords from 1 October 2015 (on retaliatory evictions; changes to s.21 notices; smoke & carbon dioxide alarm requirements)

'How to Rent: the checklist for renting in England' (Government guide which must be served by landlords on new tenants from 1 October 2015) 

Useful Government booklets for private landlords and tenants

Licensing of HMOs (Houses in Multiple Occupation)

Housing Health & Safety Rating System for assessing property conditions under The Housing Act 2004.

The National Landlords Association provides advice for landlords.

Deposit Protection

Since 6 April 2007 all deposits taken by landlords and letting agents must be protected by a government authorised tenancy deposit protection scheme. If you do not protect your tenant's deposit you can be ordered to repay three times the amount to the tenant and lose your automatic right to regain possession at the end of the tenancy.

For more information have a look at the Government leaflet for landlords, the Government leaflet for tenants the Residential Landlords Association guide and the MyDeposits website.

We have a deposit guarantee scheme to assist local people where they don’t have a cash deposit, which covers rent arrears or damage at the end of the tenancy (subject to fair wear and tear).  Because our scheme is a guarantee/bond arrangement, landlords are exempted from the need to protect the deposit as described above.

Mid Sussex Private Landlord Forums

The Council occasionally runs Landlord Forums, which offer an opportunity for local authority staff and private landlords to network and build useful working relationships. We do not have a date for our next forum at the moment.

Contact us

Housing Needs Team:
Telephone: 01444 477574