Whether you choose to use Masons let only or fully managed letting service, we have you covered. Stay informed and updated on the property you’re letting. Make sure you’re legally compliant and ensure you stay that way with our quick guide to letting property in Lincolnshire.
Gas Safety Certificate
All gas appliances must pass an annual safety check, carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer. You need to give your tenant a copy of the check when they move in or within 28 days of any check.
Energy Performance Certificate
Your property must have a valid EPC from an accreditor assessor. The minimum is Band E (unless you have an exemption certificate). Give a copy to the tenant. In Scotland, the EPC must be displayed in the property.
If your property is an HMO you will need a licence from your local authority. Some councils also use selective licensing in some areas. Check to see if you’re affected.
You must have an EICR check done (at least every 5 years) and a copy must be given to your tenants. PAT testing should be carried out on any appliances.
You must comply with Fire Safety regulations and fit and test both smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
Right to Rent
You must carry out Right to Rent checks on the potential tenant and any adult over 18 who will be living with them and intend to use your property as their main home.
Anti-Money Laundering Checks
Be aware that all lettings agents need to carry out due diligence (CDD) checks on any new tenant and landlords. It is your agent’s responsibility to ensure that they ‘know their customer’. CDD must be carried out on both the tenant and landlord for any agency agreement with a monthly rent of £8,800pcm (or equivalent amount) or more.
You must put any deposit into a government approved scheme to protect it and provide the tenant with the details. You are also legally obliged to provide your tenants with the Prescribed Information within 30 days of receiving the deposit.
How to Rent Guide
You must give the tenant an up-to-date copy of the HM How to Rent guide. This covers details on Assured Shorthold Tenancies, how to rent, things to check including paperwork and what to do when you’ve found somewhere. It also covers obligations for tenants and landlords, what happens at the end of a fixed period and what to do if tenant or landlord want to end the tenancy.
Meet all HHSRS Standards
The property must be free from serious hazards and meet with guidance for landlords and property related professionals to meet the Housing Health and Safety Rating System. Repair structural defects. Ensure sanitary fittings and drains are working. Check heating and hot water systems, chimneys and ventilation.
While not yet part of the current property letting legislation, at Masons Lettings, we firmly believe in including these vital aspects in your professional rental process.
- ✔ Written Tenancy Agreement
- ✔ Detailed Inventory
- ✔ Rent Protection Insurance
To find out how Masons Letting Team can support you as a landlord to manage compliance issues please get in touch today for a free consultation. We are always happy to offer a free appraisal of your property.
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