There are a considerable number of legal and regulatory requirements placed on landlords when letting property. Those requirements extend to ensuring that you furnish tenants with relevant information concerning the property and their tenancy. The following is a list of documents that, by law, should accompany any new tenancy.
Landlords should take appropriate steps to ensure the health and safety of tenants by keeping rented property safe and free from health hazards, including Legionnaires' Disease. Landlords must conduct a risk assessment of rented property to identify conditions that might support the growth and multiplication of the Legionella bacteria and also maintain ongoing control measures to minimise the risk.
As a landlord, you will want to maximise the return on your investment, manage the risk involved in renting out property and minimise the amount of “hassle” involved in property management. To achieve this, you will need to find a great letting agent.
As a landlord, if you let out property fully or partly furnished, then you must ensure that the furniture meets legal safety standards for fire resistance. The laws and regulations regarding fire safety were brought in to ensure that furniture will not produce fume-filled smoke if there is a fire in the property.
At the end of a tenancy, a landlord is entitled to receive their property in the same condition as when the tenancy started, except that fair wear and tear is to be expected. According to the Supreme Court, a tenant cannot be held liable for changes in a property caused by ‘the reasonable use of the premises by the tenant and ordinary operation of natural forces’. But in practical terms what does this mean?