The landlord obligations and property management is changing at a very rapid pace. Landlords need to keep up-to-date records of their certificates and provide tenants with all the necessary information as outlined in the new ‘How To Rent’ guide updated in July 2018.
The Guild advises that both the June 2018 and the July 2018 guides should be handed over to the tenant’s.
According to the guidance, landlords are directed that they must provide to their tenant:
- A copy of the guide How to Rent: The checklist for renting in England either as a hard copy or, if you agree, via email as a PDF attachment.
- A gas safety certificate. The landlord must provide one at the start of the tenancy and within 28 days of each annual gas safety check, if there is a gas installation.
- Deposit paperwork. If you have provided a deposit, the landlord must protect it in a government approved scheme within 30 days and provide you with prescribed information about it. Make sure you get the official information from your landlord, and that you understand how to get your money back at the end of the tenancy. Keep this information safe as you will need it later.
- The Energy Performance Certificate. This will affect your energy bills and the landlord must provide one (except for Houses in Multiple Occupation). Properties let on tenancies entered into after 1 April 2018 must have an EPC rating of at least ‘E’ (unless a valid exemption applies).
If your tenancy started or was renewed after 1 October 2015 your landlord cannot evict you with a Section 21 notice (no fault eviction) if they have not provided you with these documents. You can still be evicted with a Section 8 notice if you break the terms of your tenancy.
The landlord should also provide you with:
- A record of any electrical inspections. All appliances must be safe and checks every 5 years are recommended.
- Evidence that smoke alarms and any carbon monoxide alarms are in working order at the start of the tenancy. Tenants should then regularly check they are working.
As a good practice, serve all the documents and attach a tick sheet for the tenants to confirm.
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