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.
- 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.
- 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 .
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Landlords must fit their properties with Fire alarms and Carbon monoxide alarms in rooms with gas appliances.
- Soft furnishing, settees and beds must pass fire safety regulations and have fire retardant labels.