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Here you can find general advice and information our services for landlords with details on Houses in Multiple Occupation (where you let rooms separately in a house), accreditation schemes (making sure your property is fit to let), empty homes (to help you get unoccupied homes back into use) and health and safety issues.

You can also find out about the Homefinder scheme and Colne Solutions leasing scheme which could help you secure a steady return on your property.

Advice for new and existing landlords gives information about antisocial behaviour; benefits; damp and mould; ending a tenancy; rent arrears; hazards and useful contacts.

To find out more about Universal Credit please see pdf icon here [214kb].

To find out more about Private Sector Lettings please see pdf icon Private Sector Landlords [96kb]

From 1 February 2016, anyone who rents out private property in England (including people who sub-let their property or take in lodgers) should make 'Right to Rent' checks in respect of their prospective tenants. The new rules were introduced to ensure that only people who are lawfully present in the UK are able to access privately rented accommodation. There are some exceptions to the new rules (for example student accommodation, holiday homes and mobile homes) but the vast majority of private lets (including lodging arrangements where spare rooms are let out) are covered. Landlords who are found to let accommodation to someone who does not have the Right to Rent could be liable for a fine of up to £3,000. The Home Office has released a short video giving landlords further information on the new requirements - the video (and further written guidance) is available by following this link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/right-to-rent-goes-live-across-england

Under Latest News you can find links to new information pages, news articles, Landlords Forums and calendar of meetings.