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Royston Landlords: Know Your Responsibilities

July 13th 2019
By: Thomas Morris
Royston Landlords: Know Your Responsibilities

While being a landlord in the present day can be rewarding, it can be very complicated. At Thomas Morris, we have worked closely with landlords in Royston, and we know the challenges you face. Landlords have a lot of responsibilities to contend with, and regulations are updated regularly.

If you’re a Royston landlord looking for help in letting property we understand that you’ll want to find the right tenant who will look after your property and pay your rent on time.

Before the tenant moves into your rental property, you have responsibilities to take care of. You should offer your tenant the most recent version of the How To Rent guide. Landlords should also furnish tenants with a copy of the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for the property, as well as the Gas Safety Certificate.

You need to provide your tenant with the documentation for the deposit protection. You should also provide tenants with information on how you handle their data. Remember, while you aren’t legally required to provide tenants with a written agreement when they move into your rental property, you leave yourself at risk by failing to do so.

At Thomas Morris, we believe information and communication are vital in creating a strong relationship between landlord and tenant”, said Thomas Morris Royston Branch Manager Erin Carroll. “As a landlord, you can make the rental process easier by keeping tenants informed, and by creating clear lines of communication. When tenants feel as though they can speak freely with their landlord, it is much easier to manage the property effectively.”

Check the tenant’s right to rent

Under the Immigration Act 2014, landlords are required to check tenants have the Right To Rent in the United Kingdom. If you fail to do this, and the tenant doesn’t hold the right to rent in the United Kingdom, you could face a significant financial penalty.

Landlords need to maintain the property

It is a landlord’s responsibility to maintain the structure of the property, inside and out. With the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act, introduced in March 2019, landlords need to provide a suitable standard of rental property. If a tenant feels as though the rental property isn’t up to an expected standard, they hold the right to sue the landlord.

Landlords are duty-bound to ensure the property’s structure, both inside and out, is kept in good condition. The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act, introduced in March of 2019, and it’s vital landlords adhere to the expected standards. Tenants have the right to sue landlords where the rental property doesn’t meet expected standards.

Landlords are also required to:

  • Place the tenant’s deposit into a Government-backed scheme, within 30 days of receiving the payment
  • Detail any rental obligations in the tenancy agreement
  • Ensure sufficient insurance is in place for the rental property

Following these tips will hopefully help you provide tenants with a high standard of service and ensure that you comply with all relevant legal requirements.

Letting your home is stressful, but with the right support, you can make the process easier. To book a valuation appointment at a time that is of suitable to you, click here. Alternatively, you can phone our Royston branch, managed by Erin Carroll by calling us on 01763 243331.