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Student housing - landlord assurance scheme

Our Durham Student Assured Housing Scheme aims to improve the quality of privately rented student housing and provide a level of assurance for students seeking accommodation.

What is it?

The scheme is a voluntary code for student landlords that covers all accommodation in Durham and is based on our standards for houses in multiple occupation (HMO). Each property within the scheme will have to meet our HMO standards as well as the criteria in the Durham Student Assured Housing Scheme Code of Standards. We will carry out inspections of each property over the five year period.

Guide to the scheme

If you are interested in joining the scheme as a student landlord, you can find out more in our leaflet 

Advertising your assured property

You can advertise your assured property in the same way you would a non-assured property, including using estate agents and online portals.

We are working with StuRents, an online student accommodation search platform, to give assured properties a market advantage using their online search. Students looking for accommodation can use StuRents search facility to filter and view assured only properties in Durham.  Use  Icon for pdf StuRents Integration User Guide (PDF, 2.3mb)  to find out how you can add your property. 

Apply to join

To apply, download and complete the application form and return it to us by post along with the appropriate fee. 

You can also contact us for an application pack.

Following your application we will contact you to arrange an initial inspection of your property.


The following costs are to sign up to the scheme for a maximum period of three years:

Type of propertyFee
1-10 bedrooms per property£180
11-20 bedrooms per property£360
Purpose built or converted student blocks with 21-50 bedrooms£540
Purpose built or converted student blocks with 51-100 bedrooms£720
Purpose built or converted student blocks with 101-200 bedrooms£900
Purpose built or converted student blocks with 201-300 bedrooms£1080
Purpose built or converted student blocks with 301-400 bedrooms£1260
Purpose built or converted student blocks with more than 401 bedrooms£1440
Properties with an HMO licence£30
Contact us
Environment, Health and Consumer Protection
03000 261 016
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • Environment, Health and Consumer Protect
  • PO Box 617
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 9HZ