At Holmes Estate Agents, we aim to help landlords in South West London. We look to provide you with the support and guidance you need, which enables you to care for your rental property, and your tenants. If you need a reminder on landlord responsibilities during a tenancy, we are here to assist you.
You must check the tenant’s right to rent from you
Significant responsibility landlords have is verifying the immigration status of an adult looking to rent from you. This is the Right To Rent check. Any landlord who doesn’t review their tenant’s status commits a criminal offence, and there are punishments associated with this act. Therefore, it is in your best interests to carry out this test before you permit a tenant to stay with you.
You must provide the tenant with documents at the start of the tenancy
The beginning of a rental agreement is a challenging period. There is a lot of work to be done, and it is understandable if some landlords feel under pressure. However, there is a list of documents landlords must present to tenants.
You must provide a copy of the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) to the tenant. If there are gas appliances in your rental property, you must provide the tenant with a copy of the gas safety certificate. You should also present the tenant with the most recent edition of the How To Rent guide issued by the Government.
If you don’t provide these documents to your tenant, it becomes harder for you to evict an assured shorthold tenant. Therefore, there may be long-term consequences from failing to provide these documents.
You must protect the tenancy deposit
As a landlord, you are duty-bound to protect the tenancy deposit in a scheme approved by the UK Government. You must also provide your tenant with details about the deposit scheme you have selected.
You are responsible for repairs
As a landlord, you will want to maintain the condition of your rental property. However, you hold responsibilities for repair work to the exterior and interior structure of the rental property. If there are problems with drains, guttering, walls, chimneys or the roof, it is your responsibility to resolve the matter.
You must comply with health and safety regulations
· Landlords must also comply with health and safety regulations, including:
· Ensuring a Gas Safe registered engineer carries out a gas safety check each year
· Ensuring all provided furniture complies with safety standards
· Ensuring all supplied electrical equipment complies with safety standards
Being a landlord is difficult, and many letting industry professionals struggle to manage their responsibilities. If you require assistance in this matter, contact Holmes Estate Agents, and we’ll be more than happy to provide you with guidance and advice.