How to rent in the UK 2 Sep 2019
When you rent a property in the UK there is a legal process the landlord or letting agent must go through. When you rent through Austin D’arcy the legal process will be covered, but if, for some reason, you are not able to secure a property with us, this is the checklist:
You MUST be provided with:
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How to Rent Booklet
A copy of the guidance booklet called How to rent: the checklist for renting in England as a printed copy or, if you agree, via email as a PDF attachment. It MUST be the most up-to-date version, this one is May 2019 the most recent at the time of posting the blog, but you should check the version that you receive.
Gas Safety Certificate.
The landlord must provide one at the start of the tenancy and within 28 days of each annual gas safety check if there is a gas installation. It is worthwhile adding the date to your calendar to know when the check is due. Your landlord or letting agent will be in touch to book an appointment for their gas engineer. Ask to see his GAS SAFE registration card upon arrival, he will leave you with a copy for your records. Ensure you read it and understand if anything has been marked as unsafe.
If you have provided a deposit, the landlord must protect it in a government-approved scheme within 30 days of receipt and must provide you with relevant legal ‘prescribed information’ about it. Make sure you get the official information from your landlord, and that you understand how to get your money back at the end of the tenancy. Keep this information safe as you will need it later.
An Energy Performance Certificate
This will affect your energy bills and the landlord must provide one (except for Houses in Multiple Occupation). Properties let on tenancies entered into after 1 April 2018 must have an EPC rating of at least ‘E’ (unless a valid exemption applies).
The landlord should also provide you with:
A record of any electrical inspections.
All appliances must be safe and checks every 5 years are recommended.
Smoke Alarms & Carbon Monoxide Tests
Evidence that smoke alarms and any carbon monoxide alarms are in working order at the start of the tenancy. It is then your responsibility to regularly check they are working and replace any batteries.
If you are looking to rent a property anywhere in the West London area, make sure that you are registered with us so that you get first pick of the new instructions as they come available!