Renting in East Staffordshire

The Council offers information to tenants and landlords who need information about practical aspects of renting in East Staffordshire.

Tenants

  1. How to find somewhere to live in East Staffordshire
  2. How to apply to become a tenant of a housing association in East Staffordshire.
  3. Private Tenants - information about renting and rent levels
  4. The Rights and Responsibilities of all tenants are set out on the Government's website
  5. Homelessness, Harassment and Illegal Eviction

 If you need further advice, please contact the Housing Options Team on 01283 508120

Landlords

  1. Responsibilities of Landlords in England are set out by the Government.  Some requirements are new, and there may be big penalties if you don’t do everything required of you.
  2. The Right to Rent residential property in England means that the landlord is required by law to check every tenant has the right status to legally rent residential property in England.  It is against the law to only check people you think aren't British citizens.
  3. The Model Agreement for Assured Shorthold Tenancies has been provided for landlords to consider using (*see note below)
  4. Lawful repossession means that landlords must keep to the correct legal procedure - usually starting with a Section 21 or Section 8 Notice
  5. Further Information is available on this website for help to understand the issues to do with renting out property in East Staffordshire.
  6. East Staffordshire Landlords Forum is a meeting which the Council and National Landlords Association regularly host jointly, which all landlords are welcome to attend

*Note: the Model Agreement for Assured Shorthold Tenancies contains extremely useful checklists to help landlords fulfil the wide range of legal requirements that are now in place.  Use of the Model Agreement is voluntary but it is still an informative document which has been kept up to date to reflect relevant legislative changes.   Although it has been designed for longer-term tenancy periods of 2 years, it can be used for shorter periods of 6 months or more – guidance on this is contained in the document itself.

If you need further advice, please contact Landlord Relations on 01283 508149.