Under this scheme, we will provide a one off  cash payment to landlords and letting agents who let a property through Let with Hertsmere.

What the scheme covers

The cash incentive will be determined by the size of the property and the length of tenancy provided to the tenant.

This is instead of a deposit so there is no legal requirement for it to be placed into a tenancy protection.

Within this scheme is also the option to use the heavily subsidised Handyperson service for minor repairs and decoration.

Services covered under the incentive scheme:

  • Cash incentive payment
  • Video check-in inventory
  • Fast tracked housing benefit (only for properties within the borough of Hertsmere)
  • Handyperson service (subject to subsidized costs)
  • Private Sector Procurement and Liaison Officer
  • Mandatory online pre-tenancy training for tenants

Rent deposit scheme

Under this scheme we will provide two months' deposit (in the form of a bond certificate) against damage to the property along with the first month's rent in advance (bacs payment).

Additionally for those providing the tenant with a two year tenancy through this scheme, we will pay the landlords insurance up to a maximum of £500 per year.

You will also have access to all the other services provided under the incentive scheme (minus the cash payment). 

Services covered include:

  • Two months' bond deposit
  • First month's rent in advance
  • Landlord insurance (for any property offered to us on a two year tenancy)
  • Handyperson service
  • Private Sector Procurement and Liaison Officer
  • Quarterly property inspections
  • Mandatory online pre-tenancy training for tenants 
  • Tenancy agreement provided 
  • Support pack


What we offer 

Tenant checks

Many people looking for private rented accommodation approach Let with Hertsmere. This means that we can operate a fast tenant referral system and find you a suitable tenant within a matter of days. 

The speed in which we can provide you a potential tenant does not compromise our careful approach on tenant selection. Our team will undertake an interview with all prospective tenants and check their suitability for your property. We check any previous known tenancy records to ensure there is no history of rent arrears, anti-social behaviour or previous malicious damage to a property. 

Along with the above checks, we also carry out affordability assessments using details of the applicants income and expenditure and their current credit records. 

Housing benefit

Many people in Hertsmere are either on minimum wage or part time contracts. This means that some of our prospective tenants will be in receipt of Housing Benefit or Universal credit for all or part of the rent. We can offer clear advice about the benefit process and payments along with fast tracking any new claims and amendments

Our Private Sector Procurement  & Liaison Officer will be able to assist with any housing benefit or Universal Credit related issues during the length of any tenancy.

** Only properties which fall within the borough of Hertsmere will be eligible for our fast track service.

Property compliance

Whilst working with Let with Hertsmere, we will offer you free advice about what you need to do to make sure that your property is safe and legal to occupy. This includes Gas Safety, Energy Performance, Electrical  Safety Certification, any lender permissions and any insurance you may need.

Our team will keep you up to date with all legislation and national and local policy recommendations and advise you of improvements/amendments needed for your property.

Tenancy agreement

Assured Shorthold Tenancies are legal documents that are complex. We make life simple by providing you with a standard document, regularly checked and updated by our in house legal team, so that you know you have a correct legal document to safeguard both you and the tenant.

One or all

It does not matter if you are an established landlord or if you are new to the business. Whether you have one property or a portfolio of properties to rent.  We have tried to tailor our schemes to meet the requirements of your individual needs, and how involved you want to be.  

Safeguards

Let with Hertsmere ensures that all staff who work with clients or who visit people in their home are police checked (DBS).

Our staff are legally compliant with all health and safety legislation and we will never take short cuts that could risk your, or our, safety.

Handyperson scheme

We are working in partnership with a local organisation to provide a Handyperson service to landlord and tenants at heavily discounted rates. Landlords will be able to use the service to carry our repairs and improvements around their properties let through us. Tenants with written permission from the landlord, can also use this scheme for services such as decorating.

Landlord insurance

Let with Hertsmere will pay the landlords insurance for any property offered to us on a two year tenancy. The insurance will include provision for guarantee of rent and will ensure it is suitable for those tenants in receipt of housing benefits/Universal Credit.

Ombudsman

Let with Hertsmere is a part of Hertsmere Borough Council's Housing team which is a member of The Housing Ombudsman. The Housing Ombudsman provides a free, fair and independent service for dealing with unresolved disputes between Let with Hertsmere, landlords/agencies or tenants in the UK. The Housing Ombudsman is a totally independent organisation of agents. 


The primary objectives of the three schemes is to help those in housing need in the borough and it is offered to all private landlords and potential tenants who have been assessed under the Housing Act 1996 and who are eligible under these rules.

Further information

If you would like more information on the scheme, or would like to offer your rental property to the scheme, please contact Let with Hertsmere by: