Preparing a property for a new tenant is the busiest and potentially the most stressful time for a landlord. To help your tenancy run smoothly we’ve compiled a list of requirements you’ll need to complete before letting your property to a new tenant. Ticking off the items on this list will help you keep track of your responsibilities; ensure you’re complying with legal requirements and help towards providing the best possible rental experience for you and your tenants.
It is the landlord’s duty to keep their tenants safe with the essentials and fail to do so can result in fines or even prison. Legally, you’ll need to:
- Provide the tenant with a valid gas safety certificate,
- Install and maintain smoke alarms,
- Ensure the electrics in the property are safe i.e. sockets and light fittings,
- Provide safety certificates for all electrical appliances,
- Install and monitor carbon monoxide detectors in every room there is a fuel burning appliance
Right to rent check
You will need to check whether prospective tenants have the legal right to rent in the UK before they take up tenancy in your property. Any prospective tenant over the age of 18 must be checked, even if they’re not named on the tenancy or there isn’t a written tenancy agreement.
For more information on checking your tenant’s right to rent, visit gov.uk.
How to rent guide
An essential document to share with new tenants is a ‘How to rent’ guide, which provides detailed information on:
- what to look out for before renting
- living in a rented home
- what happens at the end of a tenancy
- what to do if things go wrong
Arrange an EPC
All landlords are required to be able to provide tenants with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), on the day they move in. If the property doesn’t already have one, you must order an EPC before marketing the property to let. It’s used to show tenants how energy efficient the property is. If you fail to provide your tenant with an EPC before they move into the property, it can affect your ability to evict your tenant in the future.
Matters outside the landlord’s control can occur, like flooding or other costly repairs, so it’s Important to check the insurance you have in place for the property. Some mortgages require insurance for tenanted properties, but it isn’t a legal requirement.
Letting agents can take the pressure off and help with all of the above. For more information, get in touch here.