Thinking of becoming a landlord?
The law is very complex and potential landlords should make themselves fully aware of their responsibilities
If you are thinking of becoming a Landlord or considering using a letting agent, the following may be useful:
Renting out your property: Landlord responsibilities
Letting rooms in your home: A guide for resident Landlords
It is important to be aware of the responsibilities you have and what rights your tenant has. You also need to be aware of your legal responsibilities with regard to maintaining the premises for the health and safety of your tenants. There have been many new Regulations introduced recently, especially in regard to the issuing of a S21 notice.
For tenancies starting on or after 1st October 2015, landlords are required to supply the following to their tenants:
- Energy Performance Certificate
- Gas Safety Certificate
- The latest version of "How to rent - The checklist for renting in England" checklist
In addition to this, there are new requirements in regard to minimum energy efficiency standards that was introduced on 1st April 2018 meaning that tenancies starting after this date must have an EPC rating of E or above.
There is the introduction of The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 which applies to new tenancies from 1st July 2020 and existing tenancies will be covered by these regulations from April 2021
Also, under the Immigration Act 2014, landlords must keep evidence that their tenants have the correct immigration status to be able to rent a property in the UK.