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Advice for private landlords

What are my rights and responsibilities as a landlord?

Rights of the landlord

Your basic rights include:

  • charging a market rent
  • agreeing the terms of the tenancy
  • receiving rent when it is due
  • being advised of necessary repairs
  • being given proper notice to quit by the tenant

More information can be found on the following:

Responsibilities of the landlord

As a landlord you must:

  • protect any tenancy deposits in a Deposit protection scheme
  • repair and maintain gas pipe work, flues and appliances
  • ensure an annual gas safety check on each appliance is carried out and keep a record of the checks
  • ensure furniture meets fire safety standards (opens new window)
  • give adequate notice if you need to visit the property
  • ensure repairs to the exterior or structure of the property (for example, roof, drains, chimneys) are carried out
  • ensure the equipment for supplying water, gas and electricity is in safe working order
  • carry out annual gas safety checks, a requirement under the Gas Safety Regulations 1998
  • have a valid Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) that must be renewed every five years or at the change of tenancy, whichever comes first; this has been a requirement for all tenancies in England since 1 April 2021
Last modified on 19 April 2024

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