When a tenancy starts, landlords and tenants should ensure that the following information is provided:

  • written tenancy agreement
  • energy performance certificate for the property
  • gas safety certificate
  • how to rent booklet
  • notification of which deposit scheme is being used

Although not required by law at the time of signing up for the property, you may wish to see the electrical safety certificate.

If the required information is not supplied, it can mean that any notice to quit (Section 21 notice) is not valid.

In addition, all rented properties must have a smoke detector on each occupied level of the property. If solid fuel is used, there must also be a carbon monoxide detector installed. Failure to have these in the property is a criminal offence.

There are apps available that may help you with what to look for when finding rented accommodation - such as the one available from Homestamp.

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Last updated on 30/11/2018

Contact the Private Sector Housing team