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Starting a tenancy

  • Government 'How to rent checklist' - This guide is for tenants and landlords in the private rented sector to help them understand their rights and responsibilities, this must be provided at the start of each tenancy for your tenant(s) to comply with the legislation.
  • Government - 'How to let' guide - This guide is for landlords in the private rented sector to help them understand their rights and responsibilities.
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors - Guidance to ensure the new legislation is complied with when letting a property.
  • Gas Safety responsibilities - As a landlord, you are legally responsible for the safety of your tenants in relation to gas safety. Ensure you follow this guidance from the Health & Safety Executive.
  • The Gas Safe register - Find a Gas Safe registered business in your area.
  • Electrical safety - Landlords electrical safety obligations.
  • Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) - You must order an EPC for potential buyers and tenants before you market your property to sell or rent.
  • Right to rent checks - You must check that a tenant or lodger can legally rent your residential property in England.
  • Legionnaires disease - If you are an employer, or someone in control of premises, including landlords, you must understand the health risks associated with legionella. This section can help you to control any risks.
  • Ensure your property complies with the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) - The Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) is a method of assessing housing conditions. It employs a risk assessment approach to enable risks from hazards to health and safety in dwellings to be minimised.
  • Retaliatory eviction guidance - Retaliatory eviction is where a tenant makes a legitimate complaint to their landlord about the condition of their property and, in response, instead of making the repair, their landlord serves them with an eviction notice.
  • Responsibilities when letting a property - Follow this guidance to ensure you comply when renting a property.
  • Letting with pets - process of renting your property to tenants with pets.
  • Renting a room in your home - You are a resident landlord if you let out part of a property which is your only or main home, follow this advice and guidance.
  • Guide to tenancy agreements - A tenancy agreement is a contract between you and your tenants. It sets out the legal terms and conditions of the tenancy.
  • Deposit Protection Scheme guidance - You must place your tenants deposit in a tenancy deposit protection scheme if you rent out your home on an assured shorthold tenancy that started after 6 April 2007. Please ensure you comply with this important legislation.
  • Tenant fees Act - The Tenant Fees Act bans most letting fees and caps tenancy deposits paid by tenants in the private rented sector in England.
  • Houses in multiple occupation (HMO) - Advice and guidance on houses in multiple occupation.

With the complex nature of letting a property, and with all the recent legislation we have produced the below guidance and check lists which we hope will assist:

Last updated Thursday, 3rd August 2023

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