I am a new landlord and am concerned about my legal responsibilities. How can I ensure I don't make any legal errors?
As a Landlord you have several responsibilities and obligations:
- You must make sure all gas equipment is safely installed and maintained/checked by a Gas Safe engineer every 12 months and that tenants have copies of certificates (this would be taken care of for you with a managed service at ludlowthompson).
- The electrical system is safe, e.g. sockets and light fittings (not a legal requirement but strongly recommended for best practice)
- Follow fire safety regulations, e.g. Smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, fire blankets
- Ensure any furniture and furnishings you supply are fire-safe
- You must protect the tenancy deposit with a UK government-approved Deposit Protection Scheme (Deposit Protection Service, MyDeposits, Tenancy Deposit Scheme) & provide the required information to the tenants within 30 days of taking the Deposit
- You are to be responsible for the property's structural integrity and exterior as well as sanitary fittings inc. pipes and drains, heating and hot water.
- If the property you wish to rent out is leasehold, you need to ensure you are compliant with your lease agreement with regards to renting, along with approval from your mortgage provider, and insurer if required ( take note of any restrictions and ensure these are complied with for any let you agree)
- You need to ensure that you have obtained the relevant property licenses (if applicable) before you let your property - details can be checked via the local authority in which your rental property is based
- You must ensure you have a legionella risk assessment carried out
- Under the Immigration Act 2014, to ensure the 'right to rent' of any adult occupant of your property where the property is to be their main home. This applies whenever an occupant (over the age of 18) is residing in a property as their main home regardless of whether they are on the tenancy agreement or not. The law requires you to check ID documentation BEFORE letting a property, and where there is a 'time limited' right to rent, there are further checks that need to take place during the tenancy.
If you choose a managed service through ludlowthompson you can have peace of mind that our expert lettings team will safely guide you through the process, ensuring that all legal obligations are met and managed appropriately prior to and throughout the tenancy.
3rd July 2015
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