Permission To Let
If you have a buy-to-let mortgage you will need to follow their guidelines on who you can and cannot let your property to. If you currently have a mortgage, you will require permission from them to rent your property; speak to your mortgage company if you are unsure. Consent To Let to tenants claiming housing benefits must also be checked within any mortgage lenders terms & conditions. Failure to do so may affect any future insurance claims.
The condition of your property
Both the inside, outside and fixtures and fittings should be in good condition; structurally and aesthetically. Ensure any repairs are completed before your letting agent starts viewings.
Furnished or unfurnished
If renting furnished, does your furniture conform to the legal fire resistant standard? For example, sofas and armchairs must have labels proving that they comply with this standard.
All in good working order
Tenants will check, so make sure you have tested and fixed any issues with the window and door locks, lighting, heating, water, appliances, phone, television, and internet connections. You should also leave copies of all relevant instruction manuals for your tenants and information on refuse collection days. Remember if there is a burglar alarm, check it works and make sure to provide the code.
Gas Safety Certificates (CP12)
A certificate must have been provided by a certified Gas Safe Engineer within the past 12 months to be valid. It must be renewed on a yearly basis prior to expiring. It is law that every tenant is given a copy of this prior to move in.
Energy Performance Certificates (EPC)
As of the 1st October 2015 it became law that every tenant upon move in has to be given a copy of the EPC.
EPCs compare the current energy efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions of your property with potential figures it could achieve – any house that is bought, sold or rented requires a valid EPC. They are valid for 10 years
As of 1st October 2015 the law requires every rented property to be fitted with a working Smoke Alarm on at least one ceiling of every level of the property where there are habitable rooms.
Carbon Monoxide Alarms As of 1st October 2015 the law requires every rented property using solid fuel to have a carbon monoxide alarm fitted in each room where there is a solid fuel appliance. As a responsible landlord we recommend such alarms are fitted as standard in every property regardless of solid fuel (of course unless it is a property using electricity only).
Deposit Protection Schemes
It is law that a tenant’s deposit/bond is protected in a government approved scheme within 30 days of receiving the money. There are three Government approved schemes. Not only is it law to lodge the money, the tenant must also be given the prescribed information in keeping with the scheme. Failure to provide this to the tenant in the relevant time will result in financial penalty should the tenant take further action.
Electric Checks (EICRs)
Landlords are now required by law to ensure that the electrical safety standards are met during any period when the residential premises are occupied under a specified tenancy. To ensure every electrical installation in the residential premises is inspected and tested at regular intervals by a qualified person; and ensure the first inspection and testing is carried out before the tenancy commences in relation to a new specified tenancy; or by 1st April 2021 in relation to an existing specified tenancy.
How to Rent Handbook
As of 1st October 2015 it is law to provide any new tenant upon move in or renewal of a tenancy an up to date ‘How to Rent Handbook’