Being a successful and professional landlord involves hard work. When preparing for a new tenancy to begin, there is a wealth of jobs, legalities, and checks. Here we look at the essential landlord to-do list to help you prepare for your new tenant.
Safety and cleanliness – Safety should always be a priority. Before the tenancy starts, you must ensure the property is safe. This includes the installation of fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. They must also provide a valid gas safety certificate and ensure that all electrics and appliances are safe. If landlords neglect this duty of care, they could face fines or prison.
You must also make sure your property is hygienic and clean before your tenant moves in. Surfaces and floors should be cleaned, and the property should be left tidy and hazard-free.
EPC – An energy performance certificate is required from the landlord before a tenancy begins. This will show tenants the energy efficiency of the property. Meter readings should also be noted before a tenancy commences, and energy companies should be informed of the tenancy.
How to rent guide – This is a crucial document that the tenant must receive before the tenancy starts. Details of this can be found on the Gov.uk website.
Right to rent checks – Landlords must check if their tenants are legally allowed to rent a property in the UK. This can be done by obtaining copies of identification such as passports or residency cards.
References – Although not legally required, it would be careless to begin a tenancy without obtaining adequate references. This should include employment details, financial status, and a review from their previous landlord if applicable.
Tenancy agreement – This is an essential document that your tenant must sign. It will outline the conditions and responsibilities of the tenancy, as well as the notice period.
Landlord insurance – You will want to be covered for all eventualities so that if something beyond your control was to occur, you have the appropriate insurance.
Deposits – As a landlord, you must put your tenant’s deposit in a deposit scheme that the government backs within 30 days of the tenancy starting.
Inventory – This is the only way to ensure your property contents and condition is documented and covered in the tenancy. It will also decrease the risk of deposit disputes once the tenancy ends.
Contact Hardings Lettings for Landlord advice on 01277 233400.