Landlord Responsibilities – what are they?
Most potential and established landlords will be well aware that they have legal obligations before even considering renting out. Some of those responsibilities are more important than others and we will outline what they are and how a home owner renting out can be compliant in fulfilling these essential duties.
It is a lot easier for landlords today to fulfil their roles and be complicit in everything they do with their tenants. Much of this transparency has come about thanks to advances in technology, a wealth of information and industry experts easily contactable.
You are a private landlord when you rent out one or more properties. Even if your tenant happens to be a relative or close friend – you are still technically a landlord if you own the property.
Landlords must ensure tenants are safe and comfortable within the home they are paying rent on. Many landlords will sub-contract out the duties to a third party or letting agency.
In these cases, both the landlord and the letting agency must check all the finer details of the paperwork and determine through that who is responsible for what.
The Finer Points of Landlord Responsibilities
Every year, a landlord responsibilities compromise of a safety check on the gas appliances. The units and pipework has to be safe and the inspection has to be done by a registered engineer.
Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide warning meters must be fitted in every home you rent out. If you own a flat, be certain the fire safety regulations pertaining to that block are adhered to.
Landlords are now required by law to check the person renting in their property is in the country legally. That is now enshrined in law.
Repairs and Maintenance
The landlord must pay and repair any damage sustained within the property. If you have difficulty in accessing your property you can enter with your own key. You may need to prove it was essential for you to enter your own property.
Energy Performance Certification
These were introduced around four years ago. They were designed to make sure each property is energy-sufficient.
The landlord must set the rent but it must also be fair. He can impose rent increases but these must be in line with the fair rent stipulations. The HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) must be informed of any rent increases imminently.