Managing your tenancies
Setting up and managing a tenancy can be complicated and there are several elements which must be included to ensure that the tenancy is legal, there are also different types of tenancies that can be offered.
Ensuring a tenancy agreement is set up correctly is essential at the start of a new tenancy. When you set up an agreement you must consider everything that should be included. There is a template available if you need it.
- Gov.uk: tenancy agreements – guide for landlords
- Gov.uk: what should be included in a tenancy agreement
- Gov.uk: suggested tenancy agreement template
Tenancy deposit protection
When starting a tenancy, it is usual practice to take a deposit.
All deposits are protected by a certified tenancy deposit scheme. It is a legal requirement to protect a tenant's deposit and you can face penalties if this is not done. Once a deposit is protected, tenants must be given the all the correct deposit information for their tenancy.
All tenancy deposit schemes operate a free dispute service to provide help and support if there is a disagreement about the deposit.
- Gov.uk: tenancy deposit schemes
- Gov.uk: penalties for not protecting deposits
- Gov.uk: deposit information you must give your tenants
- Gov.uk: help and support for tenant disputes
You must carry out right to rent checks on any prospective tenants or you could face penalties for illegal renting.
- Gov.uk: right to rent checks
- Gov.uk: penalties for illegal renting
- Gov.uk: renting to non EEA and Windrush nationals
What must be provided to a tenant before the start of a tenancy
- a how to rent booklet
- an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) that should be no more than 10 years old and be rated E or above. If you do not have the certificate, copies can be found on the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) register. If your certificate is out of date or below an E, and you have had work done by a registered local energy supplier, they can issue the certificate.
- the Gas Safety Certificate (CP12) should be in place before a tenancy agreement is signed and should be completed by a fitter who is a member of the Gas Safe register
- you must also carry out compulsory electrical safety tests
During a tenancy
During a tenancy the landlord has numerous responsibilities and requirements to comply with. See Gov.uk: renting out a property.
Ending a tenancy
There are several ways you can evict a tenant and the type of notice served depends on what has happened. These include Section 21 and 8 notices, and Possession Claims, but these can only be served under certain circumstances.
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