Always Follow The Golden Rules of Letting a Home

This entry is part 1 of 22 in the series Granting an Assured Shorthold TenancyThe Golden Rules of Letting a home The vast majority of problems with tenants arise because the landlord has broken one of the Golden Rules set out below. The risks involved in letting will...

Inventory

This entry is part 2 of 22 in the series Granting an Assured Shorthold TenancyWhilst the property is empty (or about to be empty) you could take this opportunity to create an inventory. ... Please login or signup to continue reading this...

EPC Required Before Marketing

This entry is part 3 of 22 in the series Granting an Assured Shorthold TenancyLast updated: 22nd February'13 at 3:24pm Energy Performance Certificate Before you begin marketing the property, you must have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). At the very least an...

Electrical Checks

This entry is part 5 of 22 in the series Granting an Assured Shorthold TenancyMains Installation Testing Where the property being let is a house in multiple occupation (HMO), it is a legal requirement to have the mains electrics tested at least every five years. This...

Advertise your Property

This entry is part 6 of 22 in the series Granting an Assured Shorthold TenancyMembers of the Guild of Residential Landlords can advertise their property through upad at a 50% discounted rate which boasts advertising on almost 1000 websites including globrix.com,...

Suggested Forms Required

This entry is part 7 of 22 in the series Granting an Assured Shorthold TenancyThe below forms are what we suggest you could use but all are optional (although I suppose you would want the tenancy agreement at the very least!) All these forms are available for download...

Initial Viewing with the Prospective Tenant

This entry is part 8 of 22 in the series Granting an Assured Shorthold TenancyYou must give all prospective tenants a copy of the EPC you have previously obtained. If you have placed an order for an EPC which has not yet arrived, you may continue to market the...

Tenant Wishes to Proceed

This entry is part 9 of 22 in the series Granting an Assured Shorthold TenancyOnce you have a prospective tenant interested, you should do the following: ... Please login or signup to continue reading this...

Can the Tenancy be Assured Shorthold?

This entry is part 10 of 22 in the series Granting an Assured Shorthold TenancyBefore granting an assured shorthold tenancy, it is worth checking that it can in fact be an assured shorthold as there are several exclusions. Schedule 1 of the Housing Act 1988 contains...

Reference Checking

This entry is part 11 of 22 in the series Granting an Assured Shorthold TenancyLandlord to do following: Members of the Guild of Residential Landlords can credit check the prospective tenant and guarantor using the tenant referencing service. This will check CCJs,...

Length of Fixed Term

This entry is part 12 of 22 in the series Granting an Assured Shorthold TenancyThe length of the fixed term to give is really whatever you feel comfortable with. When the Housing Act 1988 came into force, it used to be the case that a minimum term of six months was...

Providing A Rent Book

This entry is part 13 of 22 in the series Granting an Assured Shorthold TenancyYou should always make the rent payable calendar monthly even if the tenant is to receive housing benefit / Universal Credit. Where the rent is payable weekly, a rent book in the prescribed...

Joint Tenancy Or Many Individual Tenancies?

This entry is part 14 of 22 in the series Granting an Assured Shorthold TenancyJoint tenancy or individual tenancies? It is very much a personal choice as to whether a landlord grants a single joint tenancy or multiple tenancies on a per room basis and most landlords...

Completing the Tenancy Agreement

This entry is part 15 of 22 in the series Granting an Assured Shorthold TenancyAssuming all checks OK, arrange to meet all tenants and guarantor at one time on the day the tenancy is intended to commence. (This is not always possible in particular with students but...
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