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Landlord's Guide to Renting Out Property

Renting out property can be a great way to generate income, but it also comes with important legal duties and requirements.

As a landlord in England, here are some key things you need to know:

Finding Tenants

  • You can find tenants yourself or use a letting agent. Letting agents typically charge fees for services like tenant screening and property management.

  • Make sure any agent you use is part of an approved redress scheme like The Property Ombudsman.

  • Be aware of restrictions on tenant fees under the Tenant Fees Act 2019.

Tenancy Agreements

  • Putting the rental agreement in writing is highly recommended to avoid disputes.

  • Assured shorthold tenancies are the most common type for private rentals. There are

  • rules on tenant eligibility and rent limits.

  • The agreement should cover things like rent, deposit, property condition, and landlord and tenant responsibilities.

Pre-Tenancy Requirements

  • Protect any deposit in a government-approved scheme and provide the tenant with details.

  • Provide tenants with a valid Energy Performance Certificate and the "How to Rent" guide.

  • Gas and electrical safety checks must be done annually by qualified professionals.

  • Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms must be properly installed and working.

During the Tenancy

  • Comply with your maintenance responsibilities for the property structure, appliances, furniture, etc.

  • Get the tenant's consent for property access, giving at least 24 hours' notice in writing.

  • Keep records of rent payments and correspondence with tenants.

  • Have appropriate landlord insurance in place.

Ending a Tenancy

  • Tenants must give proper notice to vacate as per the tenancy agreement.

  • Protect any deposit and return promptly at end of tenancy if no disputes.

  • Do a thorough property inspection and inventory check.

Following these key rules will help ensure you comply with legal requirements and have a successful landlord-tenant relationship.


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