Documents that you need to maintain, most of these are required by legislation, so penalties may apply if you don’t comply:

  • Building and landlord insurance
  • Gas Safety Certificates
  • Energy Performance Certificates
  • Electrical Installation Reports and Certificates
  • Smoke detectors on each floor
  • Carbon monoxide detectors if required
  • Copies of tenant’s references
  • Tenants’ agreement to receive communications by email
  • Proof that tenant has right to rent in the UK (copy passport for example)
  • Household inventory
  • Register your property business with HMRC
  • Tenants contact details
  • Protect deposit within 30 days of receipt
  • You are required to respond to written complaints within 14 days of receipt, in writing
  • Inform tenants prior to a property inspection

Provide tenant with:

  • How to Rent – the checklist for renting in England
  • Guarantors Agreement – if required
  • Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement
  • Information regarding Deposit Protection Scheme
  • Serve the correct form of notice to end tenancy
  • Tenant should sign a list of deductions made from rent deposits
  • Return whole or balance of deposit at end of tenancy

Many landlords use the services of letting agencies who would no doubt ensure that you are compliant…

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