Before letting your property, it’s important to fully understand your responsibilities of being a landlord. You must keep the property safe and free from health hazards. This includes: gas safety, electrical safety, and fire safety.
In addition, you are responsible for any repairs to the structure and exterior of the property, heating and hot water systems. You also need to ensure that the property is fit for habitation.
» Gas Safety
In the event that there is any gas powered kitchen appliances in the house, you as a property owner need to make sure that yearly gas safe practices are performed. These inspections should be conducted by a gas fitter/engineer who is authorised on the Gas Safety Register. A copy must be provided to the moving in tenant.
» Fire Safety
All landlords have legal obligations as regards to fire safety. The minimum you should do is to ensure that there is an adequate plan for escape in case of fire. A fire risk assessment should also be carried out. This should be able to identify fire related hazards and how these can be prevented. It’s recommended that you fit smoke detectors.
To fit self closing doors is also a good idea as this may protect the staircase so everyone can get out. Consider banning smoking in the property and ensure that you have a fire blanket and a small dry powder extinguisher in the kitchen.
» Electrical Safety
As a Landlord you need to ensure that:
A lodger is expected to pay a deposit when moving in. One month’s rent is the standard requirement. If the lodger haven’t caused any damage to the property, at the end of the tenancy you should return their deposit in full. Note that as you are letting to a lodger, the tenancy protection rules will not apply and you don’t have to protect the deposit with one of the government authorised schemes.
It’s illegal to evict a tenant without any notice. It's not possible to get rid of a lodger due to the fact he/she is in debts with their lease or not adhering to the condition of their tenancy. You'll need to head over to the court to get a possession order. Any possession order acquired has to be imposed by the court bailiff.
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