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What Are Your Responsibilities as a Landlord?

On May 23, 2016

What Are Your Responsibilities as a Landlord?

There are a wide range of legal responsibilities that come with being a landlord. If you are one of the many landlords who manages their own properties it can be helpful to join a representative organisation such as The National Landlord’s Association or The Residential Landlord’s Association to ensure you keep up to date with current legislation.

Responsibilities include:

  1. All tenants must be provided with a This is usually an Assured Shorthold Tenancy which gives the tenant the legal right to live in the property for a fixed period of time.
  1. All Landlords are required to ensure that their tenants have the right to live in the UK and therefore the Right to Rent, before signing a Tenancy agreement. Every tenant should be given the Government’s booklet How to Rent .
  1. All landlords are obliged to protect their tenants deposit securely. The government back a number of Tenancy Deposit Protection schemes and tenants should be given details of where their deposit is held.
  1. All Gas and Electrical appliances should be checked annually by a registered tradesman. Tenants should be given a copy of the safety certificate issued for all gas appliances.
  1. Before a property becomes available to rent it must be given an Energy Performance Certificate. Once issued, the EPC is valid for 10 years. A copy of the EPC should be given to each tenant. 
  1. Landlords must fit their properties with Fire alarms and Carbon monoxide alarms in rooms with gas appliances.
  1. Soft furnishing, settees and beds must pass fire safety regulations and have fire retardant labels.

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