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The Direct Lettings (DL) scheme is a free service which introduces private sector landlords to tenants which the council nominate and the landlord chooses. Rent levels are determined by the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) which varies depending on the size and location of the property but the rent is not guaranteed from the council.

Under the scheme landlords will continue to manage the property but advice can be provided where required. Landlords are offered the following benefits:

  1. Affordability and suitability checks at no fee;
  2. Generous cash incentive;
  3. A tenant vetting service throughout the tenancy;
  4. Universal Credit can be paid direct to landlord/agent;
  5. Bond/deposit scheme available;
  6. Unfurnished or furnished;
  7. A quick turn-around time for allocating tenants;
  8. A dedicated lettings officer who will provide support and guidance for any landlord/tenant enquiries;
  9. Assured short-hold tenancy on a minimum of 12-month term;
  10. Fast tracked housing benefit claims normally processed within 72 hours (paid 4 weeks in arrears;

In turn landlords are required to ensure that:

  1. Their properties need to be furnished with beds, sofas, a dining table and chairs and a working cooker fridge/freezer and oven;
  2. All furniture must be compliant with health and fire safety requirements;
  3. Gas and electrical certificates must be provided, (SAP exceeding 50);
  4. An energy performance certificate (EPC) mst be provided;
  5. Proof of ownership must be produced;
  6. An inventory of contents taken;
  7. A Bank statement (to transfer payments);
  8. Pictures of the property to show condition before letting;
  9. Confirmation of permitted number of occupants;
  10. Smoke alarms;
  11. Carbon monoxide detector.

Viewings are arranged once the property has been approved through a property inspection to ensure it meets health and safety standards. Once the parties are happy for the letting to proceed, arrangements will be made for the tenancy document to be signed.

 

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