Letting your home

If you rent your residential property to tenants, you have rights and responsibilities as a landlord.

Landlord responsibilities

The landlord is responsible for:

  • repairs to the structure and exterior of the property, heating and hot water systems, basins, sinks, baths and other sanitaryware
  • safety of gas and electrical appliances
  • fire safety of furniture and furnishings provided under the tenancy
  • ensuring the property is fit for habitation
  • repairing and keeping in working order the room and water heating equipment
  • common areas in multi-occupancy dwellings
  • obtaining a Certificate of Fitness where the property is built before 1945
  • obtaining an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)

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The landlord is entitled to reasonable access to the property to inspect and carry out repairs.

The landlord must give the tenant a rent book and a statement of tenancy terms within 28 days of the tenancy starting.

New private landlord qualification

There is a new qualification for private landlords who let residential properties.

This Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Level 2 award in 'Letting and managing residential property':

  • promotes good standards in privately rented accommodation
  • provides skills and knowledge to help landlords in their role

Course cost is £375. For registered landlords, course cost is £100.

For more information about the course, contact CIH:

Tenant responsibilities

The tenant is responsible for:

  • paying the rent as agreed
  • paying gas, electricity, telephone or other utility bills  
  • keeping the property in a reasonable state of cleanliness and decoration
  • making sure your household or visitors don't harass, cause nuisance or annoyance to neighbours

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Landlord's Energy Saving Allowance

If you are a landlord and make energy saving improvements to your property, you could reduce the tax you pay. You can do this by claiming the ‘Landlord’s Energy Saving Allowance’ (LESA).

To find out if you are eligible, what the allowance covers and how to apply, go to:

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