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Private Rented Housing

Striving to improve the health, safety and well-being of Stockton-on-Tees residents living in privately rented properties.

On these pages you will find advice and information on privately rented properties.

Through our work we hope to ensure that all housing within the private sector is in a good state of repair and decent and safe for the occupants to live in.

If a property fails to meet certain standards, we can advise private landlords and tenants on their responsibilities and may resolve problems by means of information, advice and where appropriate enforcement action.

We also look to support owners of empty homes. Don't forget an empty home is a wasted source of income and housing.

We operate schemes for landlords with rental properties in Stockton. These schemes recognise professionalism and good quality housing on offer to private tenants. If you are interested in working in partnership with Stockton Council visit our Landlord Accreditation Scheme page or for further information on the Landlords Supporting Stockton (PLuSS) scheme, including how to be a member, visit the PLuSS information webpage.


What we can do for you

  • Enforce standards in privately rented properties to ensure that properties are safe and healthy including:
    • Safety in a privately rented property
    • How to report a repair


Stockton Rental Standard

The Stockton Rental Standard provides guidance to landlords and agents and aims to help them ensure their properties reach the standards required in Stockton-on-Tees.

View the Stockton Rental Standard documents below to explore a quick and easy guide detailing what is expected of all private sector landlords operating within the Borough, as well as guidance on how to ensure privately rented properties are of a consistently high quality.


Handbook for landlords

Renting out properties can unearth a minefield of problems. A useful handbook for landlords has been issued to help you keep on the right side of the law, protect your property and maintain your reputation as a good landlord.

The handbook includes guidance on welfare reform and the Local Housing Allowance, changes to tenancy deposit protection, setting up and ending a tenancy, and more.

If you are starting your journey to become a landlord, or are already a landlord and want to reevaluate the basics, take a look at the handbook below to get all the information you need to be a great landlord.


More information

For further information please contact Private Sector Housing by calling 01642 527797 or by emailing [email protected].