The Legal Requirements and Responsibilities of a Landlord

Being a landlord is not without its drawback. It is essential that you go into it fully aware of the legal responsibilities. Here, we cover all you need to know about the legal obligations of a landlord.

Safety Standards

  • A landlord must ensure their tenants are safe in the home. This includes:
  • The installation of a fully working fire alarm and smoke detector
  • Carbon monoxide detectors in any room with a wood-burning stove or coal fire.
  • Gas safety certificate for all gas appliances.
  • Furniture that displays safety information.
  • Safe and functioning electrical appliances.
  • A good water supply.

As well as the above requirements, landlords also have to consider the checks involved in renting a property out.

HHSRS – Housing, Health and Safety Rating System

This enables authorities to check the property for risks. Rented accommodation must be safe and hazard-free for all tenants. Speak with a rental specialist, such as Hardings Lettings, for information on this.

EPC – Energy Performance Certificate

A property must have an EPC before it is rented out. It must have a rating of at least E to be deemed fit to let. If this requirement is not adhered to, a penalty of £4,000 may be payable.

Right to Rent

It is the responsibility of all landlords to ensure their tenants are legally able to live in the UK. Renting to someone that does not have the right to rent carries a hefty fine and possible imprisonment. Speak with your letting agent for information on Right to Rent.

Deposit Scheme

It is the duty of the landlord to protect a tenant’s deposit. This must be done using a deposit protection scheme that is UK government-approved. Failure to do this will carry a fine.

Repairs

Repairs to the exterior and structure of the property will usually be the responsibility of the landlord. A tenancy agreement should clearly outline who is responsible for different repairs. Issues with the walls, roof, chimney, drains and gutter class as structural repairs. Issues with gas, electric and water supply, and the boiler are also the landlord’s responsibility.

Access

Landlords should provide tenants with a reasonable amount of notice before accessing the property, and this should not be done more than necessary. A notice period for access should be outlined in the tenancy agreement.

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