How Compliant are you as a Landlord ?

As my usual custom I called up all my landlords to have an annual review on the state of their property and to make them aware of anything new or new legislation they need to be aware
I was greatly impressed that most of my landlord are aware of the new changes that are coming to affect this year.
I feel it would be nice to share some of the new laws coming into effect in 2018 with all the landlords out there Let’s see how many of you are aware of and how many you’ve got in place:

The 5 Things Landlord’s need to be aware of:
New EPC Regulations - The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) from April 2018, landlords of privately rented domestic and non-domestic property in England or Wales must ensure that their properties reach at least an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E before granting a new tenancy to new or existing tenants. from 1 April 2020 for domestic properties, and from 1 April 2023 for non-domestic properties.

Right to Rent: As a landlord it’s your responsibility that you check that a tenant or lodger can legally rent your residential property in England. 
Before the start of a new tenancy, all tenants aged 18 and over must be checked, even if: they’re not named on the tenancy agreement, there’s no tenancy agreement, the tenancy agreement isn’t in writing. The maximum penalty a landlord can face for non-compliance is up to £3,000 per tenant and/or a custodial sentence.

Tenancy Deposit Legislation - All landlord in England must put all tenants deposit in a government-backed tenancy deposit scheme (TDP) if the home is an assured shorthold tenancy that started after 6 April 2007.

Smoke Alarm Regulations – For landlords, regulations for smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are non-negotiable. From 1 October 2015, private sector landlords must have at least one smoke alarm installed on every storey of their property, with a carbon monoxide alarm in any room containing a ‘solid fuel burning appliance’, e.g. a coal fire or wood burning stove. Landlords must also ensure all alarms work properly at the start of each new tenancy. Failing to do this you can expect, you can expect a fine of up to £5,000 for not complying.

How to Rent Guide As part of the new S.21 for Landlords in England on the 1st of October 2015, landlords are now required to serve their tenants with a booklet (How to rent: the checklist for renting in England) if they wish to serve a valid S21 Notice: without this a landlord would be unable to request a s.21 notice.

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