Renting out a property comes with certain rights and responsibilities. We can help you manage your property in an effective and responsible manner in line with all relevant housing legislation and associated guidance.
If this is the first time you've rented out a property the following leaflet has some useful advice:
Making sure prospective tenants are reliable, by carrying out reference checks, will help minimise the risk of your property being damaged and the rent not being paid. If your property is within a selective licensing area, we can support you in this process through our tenant referencing scheme.
Having a signed tenancy agreement will make it easier to deal with any disputes, should they arise. Assured shorthold tenancies are the most common type. You can get tenancy agreements from most stationery suppliers.
There's more information available on the gov.uk website:
The tenancy agreement should also include an inventory of all contents and their condition as well as the general condition of the décor and maintenance. Clear dated photographs of rooms, floor coverings, doors and windows should be used to establish this.The inventory should be checked and agreed by the tenant at the time of viewing. When the tenancy comes to an end, the inventory list can be used to decide how much of a tenant's deposit, if anything, will be returned.
Any deposit you take from a tenant must be protected through one of three government approved tenancy deposit protection schemes:
Proof of this should be given to the tenant within two weeks of taking the deposit.
We've set out some basic housing management standards which we expect private landlords and agents, as responsible operators, to adhere to. This is to ensure the comfort and safety of their tenants.
Once a tenancy begins, the landlord and tenant also have certain obligations in relation to the property's upkeep and repair. You can find out more on our Property disrepair web page.
If you want your tenants to leave you must give them notice. How you give notice depends on the type of tenancy agreement. There's more information available on the gov.uk website:
You can't forcibly remove your tenants without an eviction order. Once the notice period is up you can start an eviction process through the courts. There's more information in the section below.
Harassing tenants to leave and/or not following the correct eviction process is a criminal offence as detailed in the Protection from Eviction Act. Anyone who is harassed or illegally evicted can claim damages through the civil court. The Police could also become involved if a tenant is physically assaulted.
A landlord should not:
There's more information on the gov.uk website:
Contact us if you need help or further information and advice.