Are you up to date with your legal responsibilities as a landlord?

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Are you up to date with your legal responsibilities as a landlord?

May 2016

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With laws and responsibilities being updated continually it can be difficult for a self-managing Landlord to keep track of everything or to employ an agent.  Here’s a very brief summary of various matters that need to be considered. 

Section 11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 generally covers residential tenancies and makes a Landlord responsible for the structure, including drains and gutters where they need repairing (not unblocking), the installation supplying the water, gas and electricity and sanitation, and heating.  This does not extend to appliances.

We often see issues with condensation with tenants claiming that there are damp issues but most of the time it is condensation, which is due to the way the tenant is living. 

The Landlord must have the gas appliances checked on an annual basis and the engineer must be Gas Safe registered.  The electrics must also be safe at the point of supply.

Legionella is another consideration particularly where there are ‘dead legs’ in the water system in the house where stagnant water might accumulate.  Water needs to be kept moving. 

Before a tenancy starts the Energy Performance Certificate must be available to the tenant when the property is marketed.  From 01 February 2016 Right to Rent checks must be carried out by Landlords of private rental accommodation to verify a tenant’s right to live in the UK legally.  If a Landlord is in breach of this you can get a hefty fine of up to £3,000 per occupier.  You also cannot discriminate against a potential tenant.  You must register the Tenants deposit with a designated scheme.  Failure to do so can impact on your ability to serve a notice to quit.  You must also ensure that before the tenancy starts that there is a working smoke detector on each floor of the accommodation and that there is a carbon monoxide detector near to any solid fuel installations. 

During the tenancy is it advisable to carry out periodic inspections of the property with the tenant to ensure that the property is being kept in good order and that there are no nasty surprises when the tenancy comes to an end.

Bringing the tenancy to an end can be a bit of a minefield if you are still within the fixed term of the tenancy and trying to end the tenancy for a breach of contract.  For instance, due to rent arrears or nuisance.  This involves applying to the Court for a possession order.  If the fixed term of a tenancy has come to an end and it is a periodic tenancy the Landlord is able to serve two months’ notice to terminate the tenancy as opposed to the Tenant’s one month’s notice.

If we can be of assistance please do contact us at Fisher German in Chester on 01244 409660 or email here.

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