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Time is short! To prevent the Council going back to Selective Licensing we need landlords and agents to sign up now. Please don’t delay!

At the bottom of this page are application buttons – please scroll down. PLuSS welcomes applications from any landlords or letting agents, or anyone involved in the Private Rented Sector. Our focus is on the borough of Stockton-on-Tees and especially on the PLuSS Priority Areas of Central Stockton-on-Tees and North Thornaby.


The Alternative?

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council writes (October 2019) [for full text click on the letter]:

[We] are now working in partnership with a group of landlords who have come together to form Private Landlords Supporting Stockton (PLuSS)… [But] for landlords and agents who do not choose to join PLuSS and work cooperatively with the Council, we are taking a targeted approach to drive up standards.

Non-members should expect to have their properties inspected and assessed by an officer from the Council’s Private Sector Housing team… Should such an inspection and assessment reveal unacceptable conditions then the Council will take appropriate enforcement action including serving Notices. When Notices are served the Council will charge the landlord or agent for expenses incurred, for the time taken to undertake the inspection and assess the property and for the preparation and service of the Notices…

… and the Council have recruited staff specifically to target non-PLuSS-member properties.

If you have rental properties in Stockton-on-Tees, especially in the PLuSS Priority Areas, and you choose not to join PLuSS… you have been warned!

… or apply to join PLuSS – links below

We are a voluntary non-profit association developed by local landlords and agents together with Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council as an alternative to Selective Licensing. Being a member brings benefits – and some obligations:

Benefits for PLuSS members


Council Cooperation

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council will work cooperatively with PLuSS members – but for non-members, especially those with properties in the PLuSS priority areas, their approach will be a formal one with a greatly-increased inspection regime. Which would you prefer?

Mark of Quality

As a PLuSS member you will be listed here – a mark of quality (with an option to withhold your email address). You have the right to show the PLuSS member logo on your own website and stationery. This all burnishes your credentials as a responsible landlord/agent.

Discounted Waste Collection

Full Members can use Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s waste disposal services at special rates, which can quickly save more than the PLuSS membership fee:
House clearance @ £80
Bulky waste (up to 6 items) @ £20

The PLuSS Website

For registered members this website provides additional facilities and information such as legal updates and templates for documents. Members can also access our mutual free tenant referencing service.

Meetings & Training

PLuSS has member meetings and (for full members) provides up to 100% financial support for appropriate training

Members Information Exchange on WhatsApp

Templates/links/documents for members

How to report repairs – for Tenants
Tackling Damp and Condensation – for Tenants
Waste and Recycling Instructions – for Occupants
Prevention of Anti-Social Behaviour – for Tenants to sign
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Declaration
Alarm Code Template
Alley Gate Replacement Key Instructions to Tenants
General Confirmations and Agreements
Data Protection Information and Permissions
Property Inventory Template
Model Tenancy Agreement
Landlord Self-Declaration Documents
Electrical Appliance Safety – Landlord self-declaration
Furniture Safety – Landlord self-declaration
Property Inspection Log
Useful Links
PLuSS Signup Printable Form (but online sign up is preferred!)
PLuSS Code of Conduct
PLuSS Constitution
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council Landlords Home Page
Evicting Tenants – use of section 8 and section 21 notices (Government)
Section 21 Notice to Quit (Form 6A – statutory)
Section 8 Notice to Quit (non-statutory)
Gas Test Landlord Responsibilites FAQ (HSE)
Electrical Test Landlord Responsibilities (Government)
The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015: Government Guide
LACORS Property Fire Safety Guide
Furniture and Fire Safety: FIRA guide
Tenancy Deposit Protection (Government)
The Tenant Fees Act 2019: Guidance (Government)
How to Let Guide (Government) – for landlords
How To Rent Guide (Government) – to issue to each tenant at the start of tenancy
Right to Rent Guide (Government) – how to check tenants’ Right To Rent


Obligations of PLuSS Members

  • Join up here (see below), including declaring yourself to be a ‘fit and proper person’
  • Pay the joining fee and the annual subscription – or in some circumstances (see below) you can join for free
  • Provide details of any properties you own in the PLuSS Priority Areas to Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
  • Abide by the PLuSS Code of Conduct

How hard is that?

PLuSS Pricing

Great value – full membership for a joining fee of £75 and annual fee of £25. Or…

Are you a Landlord? You can join for free if you have an immediate family member (spouse/child/parent – or connected company) who has already joined PLuSS & paid

Are you an Agent? It’s free to join as a full member if you manage, but do not own, properties in the PLuSS Priority Areas

Full £25/year

plus £75 one-off joining fee

Council Cooperation
Special Rubbish Removal Rates
Meetings & Free Training
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Relatives Free


Full membership if an immediate family member (spouse / child / parent / connected company) has already joined & paid
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Letting Agents FREE


Agent membership if you are a Managing or Letting Agent that manages but does not own properties in the PLuSS Priority Areas
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