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Due to essential maintenance, the following systems will be unavailable from 6.00pm on Monday 2 October until 8.00am on Tuesday 3 October: our online council tax, business rates and housing benefit services, and our welfare assistance form. You will also not be able to register to pay council tax online, make a change of address for council tax or cancel single person discount. You are still able to make a payment during this time. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

The Durham Rental Standard Scheme (DRS)

A scheme for recognising and promoting professional standards in the private rented sector

The Durham Rental Standard (DRS) is a voluntary accreditation scheme which has been developed in partnership with the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA). 

The scheme provides information, advice, and guidance to ensure landlords signed up to DRS can offer quality homes and gives tenants peace of mind, knowing that their landlord is an accredited member of the NRLA and that their property is subject to periodic compliance checks (inspections and audits) and assessed as meeting the scheme standards.

Who is eligible to join

Any landlord who:

  • is an accredited member of the NRLA or who commits to becoming one
  • owns a property or properties in County Durham which are available to let as private residence

The DRS scheme is only open to individual landlords and not to letting agents unless they are landlords in their own right.

How to join

Landlords need to contact us to apply.

There is no fee for applying to join the DRS, but there is a fee to become an accredited member of the NRLA. We have agreed a discounted rate with the NRLA for the first year of membership or can provide a discount code for those who are already members. Contact us for more information.