Meet legal requirements (quick checklist)
Managing Your Tenancy
As a landlord you may face a number of issues from rent arrears to repairs. Whatever it may be, you need to act in accordance with legislation. Following the rules and managing your relationship effectively with tenants will help prevent arrears and encourage constructive behaviour.
Landlords must adhere to their legal obligations in order that they may operate with complete confidence.
|Certificate||Purpose||Member Price||Non-Member Price||Compulsory or Optional||NLA Link|
|Energy Performance Certificate||Other than in limited cases, landlords must provide an EPC free of charge to a prospective tenant. A copy of the EPC must also be provided to the person who takes up the tenancy. (An EPC lasts for 10 years for lettings purposes).||Compulsory|
|Electrical Safety Certificates||It is the landlord’s legal responsibility to ensure that the property they are letting is deemed to be ‘safe’. Landlords are legally obliged to: a) Ensure that the electrical installation is in a safe condition throughout the tenancy; b) Ensure that electrical appliances provided are safe. In addition, all electrical appliances must have (at the very least) a CE marking; c) If the property is an HMO then it must have a ‘periodic inspection’ carried out by a competent person every five years.||Optional / Compulsory|
|Tenancy Deposit (England & Wales, Scotland and NI)||All landlords must protect deposits and serve the prescribed information (i.e. details about the scheme used to protect the deposit, instructions about disputes and key contact information) within 30 days. Penalties apply including heavy fines for non-compliance.
||£5 to join and 20% of all your deposit protection fees||£20 to join||Compulsory||Get Yours Here|
|Free Energy Assessments||After April 2018, landlords will not be able to let properties with an EPC rating of F or lower, so it has never been a better time to improve the energy efficiency of your properties.||Optional|
|Green Deal Advise Reports||After April 2018, landlords will not be able to let properties with an EPC rating of F or lower, so it has never been a better time to improve the energy efficiency of your properties.||Optional|
|Legionella Risk Assessments||Landlords are required to assess and manage the risk to their tenants posed by Legionnaires disease.||Optional|
|Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement (AST)||Having a full and comprehensive tenancy agreement is just as important as finding the right tenant. This sets out the expectations and legally binding obligations of both landlord and tenant and grounds you may need to rely on at a later date.||FREE||FREE (to all Landlords)||Optional||Get Yours Here|
|RICS Condition Reports||The report provides a basic insight into the condition of the property, highlighting issues that should be identified before you buy or sell a residential property.||Optional|
|RICS Home Buyer Reports||This is an informative, reliable and cost effective report, providing clear and concise advice regarding any serious problems or specific risks a property may have.||Optional|
|RICS Building Surveys||This is the most in-depth property survey we offer and provides a comprehensive report on the condition of a property including all structural aspects.||Optional|
|Valuation Services||Whether you are purchasing a property, need a valuation for legal reasons or are unsure of the value of your home or assets, you may need a Valuation Report.||Optional|
|Gas Safety Certificates||By law, landlords must have a gas safety inspection once a year, and maintain appliances and pipework, by a Gas Safe Registered Engineer.||Optional|
|Inventory Check in||Whether you conduct the inventory yourself or instruct an independent inventory, you should make sure that a comprehensive, unbiased and 'professional standard' inventory report is completed before or on the day of check in.||Optional|