A look at some of the commonly received queries we get from Landlords.
Where can I find landlord training courses?
What standards does my property have to meet before I let it out?
In addition, we operate selective licensing. You will need to apply to the Council for a licence before letting in areas covered by scheme. Please visit our selective licensing page for further details.
HMO licensing is required through additional licensing for all HMOs in the urban centre with more than two unrelated occupiers. Outside of this area, all HMOs with more than four occupiers will need licensing. Click here to find out more about HMO licensing. You will need to think carefully about fire safety in HMO property, so please visit our HMO fire safety page to find out more.
What if i am unable to complete works or checks due to something outside of my control?
What can you do to reduce the problems caused by empty properties?
Do you inspect private rented property?
Do I need a licence to be a landlord in Doncaster?
- You rent any property in the selective licensing areas covering Hexthorpe and Edlington.
- You are operating an HMO with more than 2 occupiers in the urban centre of Doncaster - this is called additional HMO licensing.
- You rent an HMO with more than 4 occupiers in any other part of Doncaster - this is called mandatory HMO licensing
Do I need to have a written agreement with my tenant?
Yes if your property is covered by a licence. If it is not you do not legally require one, but we strongly recommend you have one.
A tenant can not claim benefits without a valid contract.
A tenancy agreement is a legal document that secures your position as landlord. It’s sensible to put everything in writing so that both you and the tenant have a clear record of both your rights and responsibilities as the landlord and your tenant’s rights and responsibilities. The agreement should include information about:
- the type of tenancy
- the length of the tenancy
- how much rent the tenant should pay and how often
- who is responsible for repairs
- how to end the tenancy and the procedure for leaving the property
The tenancy agreement should also show the landlord’s (or agent’s) name and address and a contact telephone number. Regulations concerning contract fairness forbid you from adding clauses that are unfair, for example high interest fees for arrears. Neither can you contradict housing law, for example saying that you can enter the property at any time without written notice. Please see our fees page and tenancy management pages for further info.
How do I set up a tenancy agreement?
How do I end a tenancy agreement?