As a landlord, you have certain responsibilities and legal obligations that you should provide to your tenants.
These include, but are not limited to, the following:
As a landlord, you are responsible for maintaining fixtures and fittings, and carrying out any repair work promptly when required to do so.
- Health and safety
Landlords must ensure that their property is compliant with all health and safety regulations including facilities such as water, gas and electricity. You local council will have a Housing Health and Safety Ratings System (HHSRS) which is used to ensure properties are safe for tenants.
- Quiet environment
Landlords must respect a tenant’s right to privacy and to live without unwarranted disturbance.
When undertaking activities, such as rental collection and the eviction of tenants, landlords must carry out the correct procedure, as stated within the tenancy agreement and within the law.
- Provide details
It is your responsibility to provide tenants with your contact details and those of the letting agent, if applicable.
- Protecting deposits
If a deposit is required for a tenancy, landlords and letting agents must place deposits within a Deposit Protection Scheme (DPS). This ensures the safety of tenant deposits and can help prevent potential disputes.
- Energy performance certificates
All rental accommodation requires an Energy Performance Certificate. The certificate explains how to make energy savings to reduce costs, and must be provided with the property.
If you are renting a property to three or more tenants, from one or more different households, who are sharing living facilities i.e (student housing), you are required to hold a licence to let a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO). Contact your local council for their HMO requirements and to apply for a licence.
The information contained within this article is specific to landlords in England.
For Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland contact your local authority for further information.