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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