What is a landlord responsible for?
As a landlord you have a number of responsibilities:
- The deposit must be put in a government-backed tenancy deposit scheme (TDP).
- From 1st February 2016 all private landlords will have to check that new tenants have the right to be in the UK before renting out property.
- Repairs to the structure of the building: the roof, windows, doors, drains, gutters, bath, sinks, toilets, heating, hot water, damp and general building repairs. A landlords responsibilities for maintenance should be clearly defined in the tenancy agreement.
- Deal with damage not caused by the tenant for example break-ins, vandalism and weather damage.
- Maintain minimum health & safety standards in rented properties to prevent slips, trips, falls, electrocution, gas safety, carbon monoxide hazards & fire safety issues.
- Provide a current copy to tenants of the Gas Safety Certificate covering all gas appliances in the property which must be renewed every 12 months.
- Ensure that any electrical items supplied with the property are safe.
Standards for housing
Landlords of private rented housing and property owners must maintain their premises in a good state of repair. A private rented housing landlord is responsible for repairs to:
- The structure and exterior of the dwelling.
- Basins, sinks, baths and other sanitary installations in the dwelling.
- Heating and hot water installations (unless the tenancy has a fixed term of more than 7 years).
Safety of Gas and Electrical Appliances
Landlords are required to ensure that all gas appliances like gas fires, cookers and boilers are maintained in a safe condition. All appliances must be inspected annually by a Gas Safe registered engineer and a copy of the safety certificate given to the occupier.
The landlord should ensure that the electrical installation (the fixed wiring) and any electrical appliances supplied such as cookers, kettles, toasters, washing machines, immersion heaters etc. are safe to use. All must be safe when the tenancy begins and maintained in a safe condition. The Institution of Electrical Engineers recommend combined inspection and testing of fixed wiring at least once every ten years.
Fire Safety of Furniture and Furnishings
Landlords must ensure that any furniture and furnishings supplied meets legal fire resistance requirements. All soft furnishings, whether new or second hand, must comply and will usually be labelled as such.
If you want any more information or advice on any of the above or to report a property you think may not comply we may be able to help, please e-mail email@example.com or telephone 01684 272191.
What are right to rent checks and what do I need to do?
From 1st February 2016 all private landlords will have to check that new tenants have the right to be in the UK before renting out property.
This means all private landlords, including anyone subletting or taking in lodgers, need to carry out quick and simple checks on all new tenants to make sure they have the right to rent property in the country.
Landlords need to check identity documents for all new tenants and take copies. A wide range of documents can be used for the checks, and the Government has worked closely with housing and homelessness charities to design a document list which can accommodate different individual circumstances. This includes where people do not have traditional identity documents such as a passport.
There are resources available to help landlords comply with the new rules, including an online checking aid which landlords can use to guide them through the process and to request a check on anyone who has an outstanding case with the Home Office.
- Check if someone can rent your residential property
- Check your tenant's right to rent
- Landlords: immigration right to rent checks
For more information about making the checks go to gov.uk/righttorentchecks.