what does the system check?
If a deposit has been received from a tenant have the rules been followed in full? If not how are they breached?
Each tenanted property has some basic gas safety requirements for a landlord to follow. Breaches can lead to prosecution.
Even if the property is not a multi-let there are still fire safety rules that a landlord is required to follow.
Electrical safety certificates may not be required but certain standards must be met to comply with other laws.
EPC rules seem like a small matter but not following them has wider implications as sanctions can apply.
Old regulations recently updated has highlighted a landlords requirement to do some basic checks.
right to rent
Checking if a tenant has a right to live in the U.K. is now another legal responsibility for a landlord.
To prevent a tenant repair complaint from having affect upon your other rights you need to know the process.
More Local Authorities are bringing in licensing schemes which impose many new rules and regulations.
The entitlement for a landlord to collect rent is not just hinged on a tenant signing a contract agreeing to pay.
New rules means new documents are required to be given to a tenant. You need to know what they are.
Soft furnishings have to meet appropriate standards to ensure they are not a fire or safety hazard.
Correct notices under landlord, tenant and housing laws must be served to prevent sanctions.
If you hold a tenant’s personal information then you may well need a license; it is not just for companies.
Not checking the property regularly to highlight any of the landlords repairing obligations could be costly.
Increase wear and tear and Local Authority involvement is a reason to check this.
The check is based on an automated system which follows a set of rules itself. The user answers the questions and the system decides what should be asked next. After you submit the check you will be instantly emailed a PDF document breaking down the results. The report provides a general overview of the rules but it is a strong indicator of problem areas.
The breaches section highlights where the landlord has breached or is currently breaching areas of legislation. The warning section makes note of other matters that need the landlords attention either now or possibly in the future. This may highlight recommendations, potential issues with serving notices or preparing possession proceedings. Based on the results you will be provided with a suggested task list to action. This may be to suggest you provide certain documents to the tenant or maybe carry out a specific inspection.
If you do not understand the rules in the first place, how is it possible to apply them correctly?
Get ahead of the problem before the problems gets ahead of you. Landlords are at risk of criminal prosecution and financial penalties for what seem like small issues but the outcome is far from small to the landlord.
Commencing a claim in court such as possession proceedings is litigation that can carry high costs. Due diligence before submitting a claim can save time, effort, money and other penalties and sanctions.
Carrying out a check in preparation for a new tenancy stops mistakes being made. Checking existing tenancies allows the issues to be resolved at the earliest time.
who can use the checks?
Do you really need to check?
take a look at some of the reasons why being compliant is beneficial
Mistakes before serving notice can result in failed claims, increased legal costs and sanctions preventing eviction. Delays in possession proceedings for potentially valid defences can also lead to multiple hearings with ongoing uncertainly for the landlord.