General Information for Landlords

Leaflets provided in the Landlord Information Packs and copies of the slides from presentations are below:

Information Leaflets

Important changes

The Government is making further changes to the benefits system which could affect your entitlement to claim Housing Benefit (also called Local Housing Allowance, for tenants renting from a landlord in the private sector).

Universal credit is being introduced in the Bassetlaw area. This will replace income support, income-based jobseekers allowance , income-based employment support allowance, child tax credit, working tax credit and housing benefit. If your circumstances change and you are thinking of claiming Housing Benefit, please check first to see if you should now be claiming universal credit instead.

Visit https://universalcreditinfo.net/ and enter your postcode to see whether you can claim universal credit.

External Website Information

Gov.uk - Universal credit and rented housing information - These guides explain what Universal Credit means for landlords, local authorities and tenants.

Data Protection Authorisation form

Without the tenant’s authorisation we are limited in what information we are able to give to landlords. As agreed, a template is available for landlords and tenants to print off, sign and send to the Benefits Unit. 

Please note that authorisation may be withdrawn by the tenant at any time.

Local Housing Allowance

Please see the Local Housing Allowance page for information about the rent levels and room numbers allowed for private tenants.

Help with Council Tax for tenants who are liable to pay this themselves

Council Tax Benefit was abolished from April 2013 and replaced with a local Council Tax Reduction scheme. 

Please see the Council Tax Reduction page for more information and a full copy of the Council's approved scheme. There are no changes to the scheme for 2015/16.

More information for Landlords

The Council’s Housing Needs Team can provide advice and guidance regarding tenancies and will also be holding landlord events throughout the year, in conjunction with the Benefits team. The next event details will be posted on here shortly.

Government Tenancy Deposit Schemes

Tenancy deposit law was introduced on 6th April 2007 to give more protection to tenants by preventing landlords and letting agents from unfairly with holding a tenant's deposit.

From 6 April 2007, all deposits (up to the level of £25,000) taken by landlords and letting agents for Assured Shorthold Tenancies in England and Wales, must be protected by a tenancy deposit protection scheme.

What are Tenancy Deposit Schemes?

There are two types of protection scheme available,

  • Insurance-based schemes
  • Custodial schemes

Both schemes provide a free dispute resolution service. More details on Tenancy Deposit Protection can be found on the GOV.UK website.

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