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 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 five years:
|Type of property||Fee|
|1-10 bedrooms per property||£190|
|11-20 bedrooms per property||£380|
|Purpose built or converted student blocks with 21-50 bedrooms||£570|
|Purpose built or converted student blocks with 51-100 bedrooms||£760|
|Purpose built or converted student blocks with 101-200 bedrooms||£950|
|Purpose built or converted student blocks with 201-300 bedrooms||£1140|
|Purpose built or converted student blocks with 301-400 bedrooms||£1330|
|Purpose built or converted student blocks with more than 401 bedrooms||£1520|
|Properties with an HMO licence||£40|