- Always Follow The Golden Rules of Letting a Home
- EPC Required Before Marketing
- Gas Safety Record Required Before Occupation
- Electrical Checks
- Advertise your Property
- Suggested Forms Required
- Initial Viewing with the Prospective Tenant
- Tenant Wishes to Proceed
- Can the Tenancy be Assured Shorthold?
- Reference Checking
- Length of Fixed Term
- Providing A Rent Book
- Joint Tenancy Or Many Individual Tenancies?
- Completing the Tenancy Agreement
- Completing The Guarantee Agreement
- Check Smoke And Carbon Monoxide Alarms – England Only
- Protect the Deposit and Notify Utilities
- What Happens at the End of a Fixed Term – To Renew or Not To Renew
- Checklist of what to do at the end of the tenancy
Check Smoke And Carbon Monoxide Alarms – England Only
From 1 October 2015 where a tenancy has been granted in England only, the dwelling must be equipped with a smoke alarm on every storey with living accommodation and a CO alarm in every room with a solid fuel appliance.
The landlord must ensure that each prescribed alarm is in proper working order on the day the tenancy begins. This checking of the alarm can be carried out by the landlord or landlord’s agent.
If not done earlier in the day, you should now check all smoke and CO alarms – ideally with the tenant present. The guidance issued by the DCLG suggests a suitable way of showing the alarms were tested on the start day of the tenancy by making –
provision for the tenant to sign the inventory to record that the required alarms have been tested by the landlord and the tenant is satisfied they are in working order.