Tuesday, 22 May 2018
If you’re a first-time landlord (or even an experienced landlord!), there’s a lot to remember when renting out your property. Here’s a checklist to help make sure everything is in order before your tenants move in:
- Make sure there is a smoke alarm on every floor where there’s a room being used for living space
- Make sure there’s a carbon monoxide detector in every room where there’s a solid fuel-burning appliance
- Provide your tenants with an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) to show how energy efficient the property is. As of April 2018, all properties must have an EPC rating of “E” or above
- Gas appliances and flues must be safety checked annually by a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer. Once the check is completed, you will be issued with a Gas Safe Certificate, which you must present to your tenants on the first day of their tenancy
- Check your tenants have the legal right to rent in the UK. The Right-to-Rent scheme requires landlords to check whether ALL prospective tenants have the right to rent in the UK. You can find out more about Right-to-Rent here.
- Arrange a tenancy agreement – this is the official contract that gives the tenant the right to live in your property, and you the right to receive rent from them. If you work with a lettings agent, they will manage this for you
- Make sure you have landlord insurance in place and check exactly what your policy covers
- Ensure that your tenant’s deposit is protected. Every landlord must put the deposit they receive from a tenant into a Government-backed tenancy deposit scheme within 30 days
- If you have been living at the property, arrange for your mail to be redirected
- Make sure utility bills are in the name of the new occupant and ensure that they know the bills are their responsibility
- Arrange for the council tax to be paid by the new tenant
- Copy the house keys so that each tenant has a set
- Take final meter readings and give them to your energy suppliers before the new tenants move in
- Make sure the property is clean and tidy for the inventory schedule of condition report
- Conduct, agree and sign the inventory with the tenants
- Make sure your tenants know how to use any safety equipment, such as fire extinguishers and blankets
- If you have a burglar alarm, make sure the tenant knows how to set it properly
- Leave instructions for all utilities. For example, how to switch the heating on
- Provide emergency contact numbers and written explanations of how to deal with an emergency in the property
- Make sure the tenants know who to contact regarding any issues with the property. If you are a managed landlord, they will contact your lettings agent; if you manage your own property, they will need to contact you directly with any problems.
If you would like further advice on your legal responsibilities as a landlord, give our Lettings Team a call on 01604 823456. We would love to help you find your feet as a new landlord. We help landlords make all of the above much easier.
You can choose between our fully or part-managed service. Even if you plan to manage your own property in the future, it can help to use an agent for the first few years.