Landlord obligations when letting a residential property
The landlord has some legal obligations when letting a property.
Most of the obligations can be summarised below:
to maintain and repair the property under section 11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985.
to give the tenant their address under section 1 and 2 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 and section 47 and 48 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987.
not to unlawfully harass or evict the tenant under the Protection from Eviction Act 1977
to serve the tenant with the required notice when seeking possession of the property under the Housing Act 1988 as amended by the Protection from Eviction Act 1977
to ensure that the furniture and fittings comply with the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 (as amended)
to ensure that the gas and electrical appliances and supply are safe (Gas Safety (Installations and Use) Regulations 1998 and Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994
to ensure that they have an Energy Performance Certificate – at least commissioned – before marketing the property or to use all efforts to obtain the EPC within seven days or 21 days extended period.
to provide the EPC to the tenant free of charge.
to ensure smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms are fitted on all floors of the property.
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