New laws, regulations and guidance to help manage the impact of the coronavirus on landlords and tenants are being introduced at breakneck speed as the Government, advisory bodies, letting agents, contractors, landlords and tenants all grapple with the challenges introduced by the pandemic.

The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 require that Landlords provide tenants with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for a property being rented under a qualifying tenancy (including an assured shorthold tenancy).  The certificate provides a tenant with information about a property’s energy use and typical energy costs.

The Government’s announcement on 23rd Mach 2020 that it was restricting all non-essential travel created a degree of uncertainty for landlords, particularly with regard to the provision of essential maintenance and safety measures such as gas safety inspections.

The Government has recently introduced a series of measures to assist landlords and tenants affected by the coronavirus and we advise on these measures below. We have also made operational changes to our business practices to reflect the current situation and to comply with Government advice.

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.

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