Are you thinking about letting your property? Here are the 10 most important letting rules and regulations you need to know…
- Gas Safety
You must have A Gas Safety check carried out every 12 months to ensure that all of the gas appliances are in a safe working order. This needs to be carried out by a Gas Safe Registered engineer.
- Energy Performance Certificates
When letting and marketing your property you must display an energy performance certificate, or you risk a fine. You must renew your EPC after 10 years.
As a Landlord you are required to make sure that any electrical devices in the property are safe for use.
- Furniture and Furnishings
Any furnishings that come with the property must comply with regulations to ensure that the risk of fire is reduced. Furnishings must have standard labels that can be seen.
- Protecting your tenancy deposit
As a Landlord or a Letting Agent, you are obligated to register your tenants deposit with an Approved Tenancy Deposit Scheme. This protects your tenant’s money and can be used at the end of a tenancy to pay for any damages that have been caused to the property at the tenant’s fault. If no damage is caused, then the deposit is returned to the tenant. If you do not protect your tenant’s deposit it can make it harder to end the tenancy and your tenant can claim tenancy deposit scheme compensation.
- Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms
A smoke alarm must be fitted on every storey of your property and a carbon monoxide alarm fitted in rooms that contain a solid fuel burning appliance, such as a coal or open fire or a wood burning stove. It is your responsibility to check the alarms on the first day of a new tenancy, but then it is the tenant’s responsibility to check them after this.
- Right to Rent checks
You must make sure that you check your tenant’s immigration status before they rent your property. It is a criminal offence if you do not carry out a right to rent immigration check.
- Eviction Rules
It is a criminal offence if you try to force your tenants to leave without following the correct procedure. You need to give your tenant written notice and take out a court order before court bailiffs can be used.
- Rent Increases and Rules
You must tell your tenants when their rent should be paid and how they should pay it. You can’t refuse to accept tenants rent and if your tenant pays their rent weekly, then you are required to provide a rent book. You must follow rules on rent increases which vary depending on the type of tenancy.
You as a Landlord are responsible for repairing damage to the outside and structure of the property and making sure that the supply for gas, electric and water are in a safe working condition. If you need to go into the property for any repairs or inspections, then you must give your tenants notice.
If you are considering letting out your property and need any help or advice, please don’t hesitate to contact us:
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