Help and information for landlords
Information about our Responsible Landlords Scheme
If you are thinking of becoming a landlord, or are already a landlord within the Wakefield District you will find all the information you need here. Details of our responsible landlord scheme, your responsibilities as a landlord and what financial assistance is available through the council are below.
Wakefield Responsible Landlord Scheme
This scheme supports landlords who provide good quality homes and safe housing that exceeds the minimum statutory standards.
The benefits of joining include:
- regulation and legislation updates as they happen
- free professional training courses
- promotion through Wakefield council website
- access to interest free loans to bring empty properties back in to use
- reduced HMO licensing costs
- free waste tipping created by tenants
- opportunities to lease directly to Wakefield council
- discounts on goods and services from local companies and trades persons
To become a member of the accredited landlord scheme both the property and landlord are checked to ensure:
- the condition of the accommodation is suitable
- good level of housing management/maintenance
- good standard of tenant support/customer service
For more information call Housing Standards team on 01924 306665
As a landlord, you must:
It's your responsibility to:
If you do not carry out your responsibilities, you may be investigated and formal action taken by Wakefield council or other enforcing authority.
For more information, or advice call Housing Standards team on 01924 306665
Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMO) Loans
Interest free loans are available to landlords who want to adapt a property to an HMO, for 3 or 4 occupants.
To apply you must be a member of the Wakefield Responsible Landlord scheme and be the owner of the property.
- available up to the amount of £5,000
- repayment terms of up to 3 years
- funded through Wakefield council and administered through Leeds City Credit Union
A schedule of works will be agreed in advance wi th Wakefield council.
To apply or for more information call Housing Standards team on 01924 306665
Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) Information
If you let your property to several tenants who aren't members of the same family, it may be a 'House in Multiple Occupation' (HMO).
Your property is an HMO if both of the following apply:
- at least 3 tenants live there, forming more than one household
- toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities are shared
A household is either a single person or members of the same family who live together. It includes people who are married or living together and people in same-sex relationships.
Mandatory licensing is now applicable to more Houses in Multiple Occupation. A licence is not required if the property is occupied by five or more persons who are living as two or more separate households, and where amenities such as kitchens and bathrooms are shared. There is no longer a requirement for the building to be over 3 storeys
Properties with more than two storeys and more than four occupants must be licensed.
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Safety standards within a HMO
Fire doors will be required to protect the main means of escape, mainly the stairway, from the top floor through to the front external door.
The fire doors must comply with BS476 Parts 20-22 1987.
A fire detection system is required, to give early warning to occupants. This will comprise interlinked mains powered and battery back-up detectors distributed in all risk areas.
The detection system must comply with BS5839 Part 6
Emergency lighting may be needed, this will be based on the layout of the property and the amount of natural and artificial light available.
The level of fire precautions must be of an acceptable standard. All properties are assessed on an individual basis.