Landlords' rights and responsibilities
It is important to know and understand your rights and responsibilities as a landlord. The tenancy agreement, which is signed by both the landlord and the tenant, will detail what each party is responsible for.
Other landlord responsibilities
As well as the responsibilities mentioned above, the following are also applicable:
- You cannot discriminate against tenants or treat them differently because of their race, gender, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, or religion
- Pregnant and disabled tenants should also receive fair and equal treatment
- You must keep to the terms outlined in the tenancy agreement
- You must supply your contact details to your tenants
- You must supply an up to date EPC which complies with Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES)
- Locks cannot be changed without informing the tenant
- Give the tenants space to freely enjoy the rental property, avoiding unnecessary frequent visits
- Obtain all necessary contents to the letting, lender freeholder insurer
- Maintain the property in line with statutory requirements
- Safely protect any tenant data
- Carry out Right to Rent checks on all occupants of the property over the age of 18 before the start of the tenancy and as required during the tenancy
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