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Landlord’s Obligations

For new tenancies that have started on or after October 1st 2015, landlords are required to provide a number of additional documents or they will lose their rights to serve Section 21s.

A Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 specifies the procedure you need to follow to legally obtain possession of a residential property let under an Assured Short hold Tenancy (AST).

If you miss any of the steps listed you will be unable to use a section 21-eviction notice and could face hefty fines.

In addition, landlords need to check the right to rent status of any occupiers moving into a property from February 1st 2016. This must be done before the tenancy is signed and records should be kept for all the documents checked.

To assist landlords in remaining compliant with the law and to make it easier to show proof of this compliance, I provide a checklist for the landlord and tenant to sign at the start of the tenancy, to
show all the necessary checks and documents have been provided.

Landlords now need to provide the following at the outset of a tenancy

All of the following procedures I arrange and check as part of my fully managed service:
some of these items incur an additional costs.
*Please see terms of business.

  • Gas Safety Certificate*
  • Energy Performance Certificate*
  • How to rent Guide: The checklist for renting in England provided by the government.
  • Smoke alarms have been fitted on every floor. They have been checked and are in working order at the outset of the tenancy.
  • Confirmation that carbon monoxide alarms are fitted in every room with a solid fuel-burning source. They have been checked and are in working order at the outset of the tenancy.
  • Registration and confirmation that the deposit has been protected if already paid.
  • Confirmation that the prescribed information for the deposit scheme has been provided.

Checklist of legal requirements

This only applies to private and residential landlords. If I manage your property I will organise these on your behalf with your instructions.

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Please note: This is for information purposes only and is not an exhaustive list. It is not intended to constitute legal or other professional advice or to be a legally binding document. I’d always recommend you seek legal or professional advice before entering into any kind of tenancy agreement.

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