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Housing Information for Landlords


Landlord accreditation scheme

This scheme is an education programme to teach landlords how to manage and let properties.

The scheme is voluntary and is open to all landlords or prospective landlords.

Landlords who comply with the standards of the scheme are accredited and are recognised as such across Kent and London.

To find out more or to check the next available course dates visit the London Landlords website.

Landlord forum

We work with the National Landlords Association who run a Landlord Forum to support and engage private sector landlords in the borough.

The date of the next forum has not been arranged yet.

For more information and to book a place visit the National Landlords Association website.

Landlord associations

Landlord associations provide support and advice to private landlords.

For further information see:

Smoke alarm information

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations 2015 require you to fit:

  • A working smoke alarm on each floor of your rented properties and
  • A carbon monoxide detector in any room with solid fuel burning appliances. For example open fire places or log burning stoves.

Battery powered alarms should be fine for single families in properties with two or less floors. Otherwise you'd need to use linked mains/battery powered alarms.

If you fail to follow the regulations, we'll give you a notice. If after 28 days you still haven't followed the regulations, we'll fit the alarms. You could be issued with a fixed penalty notice of up to £4000.

For more information visit GOV.UK's website or email housingandhealth@maidstone.gov.uk.

Energy efficiency

There are new regulations in place that aim to improve the energy efficiency of privately rented properties. The key points are;

  • From April 2016 private residential landlords cannot unreasonably refuse their tenant’s request for energy efficiency improvements where they can be done at no cost to the landlord.
  • From April 2018 private landlords letting domestic properties, and non-domestic landlords need to ensure their properties reach an EPC (energy performance certificate) rating of E or above, or have installed improvements that can
  • be funded by the subsidised schemes available to them, before granting a tenancy to new or existing tenants.
  • From April 2020 these requirements above apply to all private rented domestic properties.
  • From April 2023 these requirements above apply to all non-domestic properties.

The legislation states that there should be no upfront costs for the landlords. In Kent, the Warm Homes Scheme provides heavily subsidised loft and cavity wall insulation for domestic properties that is funded by Energy Company Obligation (ECO) funds. You may also find some energy companies will fully or partly fund energy efficiency works.

You can read the full regulations on the legislation website.

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