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Landlord's Obligations

Knowing Your Responsibilities as a Landlord

Renting out your property is a great way to earn an income, but there are rules that landlords need to abide by – this list applies predominantly to live-out landlords.

Right to Rent checks

Since 2016, it’s been a legal requirement for all landlords to check whether their tenants have the right to live in the UK – this applies to both live-out landlords and those living in and renting to lodgers. For more information, see our right to rent checks guide.

Gas safety checks

By law, you have to carry out a gas safety check every year on each property you rent out – this should be done by someone on the Gas Safe Register. If you’re supplying electrical equipment to tenants, this has to be checked for safety too.

Privacy

Your tenants are allowed to benefit from ‘the quiet enjoyment of the property’, so don’t harass or inconvenience them unfairly. If you’re a live out landlord, give tenants 48 hours notice if you want to inspect the property – unless it’s an emergency.

Provide suitable living conditions

It goes without saying, but your tenants must be living in a property that’s fit for human habitation – if it’s in an unhealthy state, the property is illegal under the 1985 Landlord & Tenant Act.

Eviction

It’s illegal to evict a tenant without proper notice. If a tenant refuses to leave you can’t force them to – so check the law before you rent it out so you know where you stand.

Repairs

Make sure any repairs are carried out properly and within a reasonable amount of time – you can’t expect tenants to live for weeks without hot water while you get the boiler fixed. It’s their home and they have to live in it!

Tenancy Deposits

It’s a legal obligation that all landlords offering assured short-hold tenancies (ASTs) use a tenancy deposit scheme to protect deposit money. For more information see our page on the scheme.

For more information on your responsibilities as a landlord visit Shelter online.

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