Being a Landlord holds many responsibilities. One is to ensure Tenants are given all the required information at the start of the tenancy to make sure the tenancy is legal and valid. Below is a list of the information a Landlord should give to a Tenant before the tenancy starts:
1.Tenancy Agreement – this sets out important details of the agreement for the Tenant to live in the property. It should include details such as:
a) The names and contact details of the Landlord and Tenant/s
b) The address of the property
c) The start and end dates of the tenancy
d) How much rent is payable and how it should be paid
e) The amount of the deposit and how this will be protected
f) The Tenant and Landlord obligations under the Tenancy Agreement
2. How to Rent Guide – this is available for free from the Government website at this link: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1143413/6.8242_DLUHC_How_to_rent_March_2023.pdf
3. Deposit Prescribed Information if the tenancy is an Assured Shorthold Tenancy – this must include:
a) Deposit amount
b) Address of property to which the deposit relates
c) Contact details for the Scheme administrator
d) Name and address details for the Landlord and Tenant
In England Landlords have a choice of three protection schemes: Tenancy Deposit Service; Deposit Protection Scheme; and, MyDeposit.
4. Energy Performance Certificate – your letting agent can help you obtain this certificate or providers can be identified on Google. The property rating must be E or above.
5. Electrical Installation Condition Report – your letting agent can help you obtain this certificate or providers can be identified on Google. Certificates are valid for 5 years.
6. Gas Safety Certificate if the property contains gas appliances, such as: gas boiler; gas cooker/oven or gas fire. This can be obtained by asking a Gas Safe registered engineer to assess the relevant appliances. This certificate must be renewed every 12 months.
7. Property Inventory – including walls, ceilings, doors, windows, flooring, kitchen units and appliances, bathroom facilities, furniture, gardens and outbuildings – record condition and existing damages and wear and tear.
For more information and to ensure your Tenant is provided with all required information please contact our Landlord and Tenant Law specialist Ian Heal on 01983 562201.