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What are a landlord’s legal obligations?

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What are a landlord’s legal obligations?

There’s a fairly comprehensive list of the legal obligations that apply to landlords, so any landlord should check carefully before letting a property.

Landlords have a responsibility to ensure that the following apply before they rent out any property:

  • The tenant’s ‘right to rent’ a property in England must be checked
  • Their deposit must be safeguarded by a Deposit Protection Scheme that is government approved
  • A ‘How to Rent’ checklist should be issued to the tenant
  • An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) must be given to the tenant
  • A copy of the gas safety certificate must be supplied
  • All gas and electrical equipment must be safely maintained and installed
  • The property has to be safe to inhabit and not pose any risks to health
  • The landlord is responsible for any necessary repairs to the property’s structure and exterior
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms (as required) must be tested and installed
  • Carbon monoxide alarms must be present in rooms with any sort of solid fuel stove
  • Fire safety regulations must be followed in the case of flats
  • All equipment for supplying gas, electricity and water must be in safe working order
  • How and when rent is to be paid must be stated by the landlord, and they must not refuse rent payments
  • A rent book must be supplied by the landlord if rent is to be paid weekly
  • Eviction rules must be followed if applicable
  • Landlords have a duty to let tenants enjoy their home

This is not a complete list, but all these rules must be adhered to in order to legally protect the landlord, as well as their tenant(s).

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