Advice for landlords in Selby

Find out about how we work with private sector landlords and the services, schemes and support we offer.

We have expanded our partnership working with local private sector landlords. We have a housing options development officer who is a sole point of contact for both prospective tenants and landlords and is working hard to source suitable tenants for the empty properties in Selby and the surrounding villages.

We do not charge a fee for any of the services we offer to landlords or prospective tenants. There is no contract to sign, no obligation to commit, no exclusivity clause and no hidden agendas. For landlords, we offer a tenant find service, bond guarantee scheme, tailored tenancy support, and proof of income or reference checks.

Our aim is to prevent homelessness and provide a platform for people to build from. Through investment to help those affected by homelessness and working in partnership with local landlords to provide them with the tenants they need, we believe that we can make a real difference to people's lives and support them into private rented accommodation.

If you are a landlord who would like to discuss or take advantage of this free service, contact us

We can provide testimonials from landlords we are currently working with and discuss what we have to offer.

If you are a prospective tenant who is at risk of homelessness, get in touch for an assessment and to discuss your housing options further. Contact us.

Support and incentives

Maintaining relationships with landlords and customers is a crucial part of the scheme’s success. Any tenant or landlord that is matched through the scheme will receive support from the housing options development officer.

Tailored tenant support plan

A support plan will be created for individual tenant and landlord’s circumstances but will include a minimum of three visits and property checks during the first three months. 

There can also be additional landlord inspections at varying intervals. This will start with transitional support ensuring the tenant is managing well prior to the move and any other organisational referrals are in place. 

Support plans may include, but won’t be limited to, direct debit and standing order arrangements for rent and bill payments, budgeting advice, living and shopping well, making smart choices and decisions, maximizing income, and Housing Benefit or Universal Credit support which can be used by the tenant and the landlord alike.

Moving Forward scheme: pre-tenancy training

These are classroom-based workshops we can offer for pre-tenancy training for people approaching the housing service where it has been identified that they would benefit from additional training and support with tenancies in social or private housing.

Find out more about the Moving Forward scheme

Working with the adult learning and skills team, the main purpose of the scheme is to develop learners to a stage where they are tenant-ready and to prepare people for the transition to independent living and to create sustainable tenancies within our own stock and across all tenures within Selby district.

The eligibility criteria for learners include:

  • being aged 19
  • having evidence that the customer needs additional preparation for transition into independent living or additional skills to manage their existing tenancy
  • having a history of failed tenancies
  • being willing to engage with the training

The customer can be referred into the scheme by other partner agencies within the district but ultimately the housing options team leader and community officer supervisor will make a final decision on who is put forward.

Modules include:

  • housing options
  • understanding a tenancy
  • preparing to move
  • independent living
  • settling down – getting involved

The course consists of five modules and will be delivered in a classroom environment within a community centre setting over five consecutive weeks.

Further training needs, such as budgeting skills, may be identified during these sessions and the referring department will be notified of specific details and completion by the adult learning service so that we can build up a skills portfolio for potential and existing tenants and customers.

The session will last for up to three hours and be for groups of about eight to ten people.

The Moving Forward pre-tenancy training programme is accredited and, on successful completion of the course, learners will receive a certificate confirming their achievement. The learner can then use this training to build up their skill set on a CV or can be used when they approach landlords, employers, voluntary organisations to evidence their commitment and the successful learning they have undertaken.