I am thinking of letting my property
If all or part of your property is empty you may decide to let your property but may be unsure what to do. It is essential that you are aware of your rights and obligations when becoming a landlord to avoid any problems arising at the beginning, during, or at the end of the tenancy. You will need to decide what type of property you want to let and how you want to let it. For example, you may intend to live in the premises yourself, you may own a second property or you may want to let your property whilst you are away.
Your property will need to be of a certain standard before letting and must comply with the following:
- You will need to ensure that the property is in good repair in accordance with the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS)
- You will need household and/or building insurance. (Tenants will normally have their own contents insurance to cover their personal belongings)
- Have a Gas Safety Certificate.
- Supply an Energy Performance Certificate to the tenant.
It is your choice whether you decide to provide furniture or not and will more than likely depend on the tenant. For example, if you are letting a property as one whole unit, it is likely that your prospective tenant will have furniture of their own. If you want to rent a bed-sit, many of your prospective tenants will probably be single people who have very little, if any, furniture of their own.
The type of property you let will influence the type of tenancy that will need to be issued and the type of notice that will need to be served either by yourself or your tenant. You should ensure that when the tenancy begins you and the tenant know how either of you may lawfully end the tenancy. You must ensure that you choose an appropriate tenancy, decide on the terms of the tenancy, and set out those terms clearly.
Please be aware that before letting your property, you may have to obtain consent from other people such as your mortgage lender, your freeholder (if you want to let a leasehold flat), your landlord (if you are a tenant yourself) or the Councils Planning Department if you are intending to let shared premises. For further information on shared accommodation then visit the Houses in Multiple Occupation page.
- Property Standards and HHSRS
- Gas Safe Register
- Energy Performance Certificate (GOV.UK)
- Houses in Multiple Occupation
I would like to rent out my property
We run Worcester City Lettings, a social lettings agency. We provide a let-only service and managed let service.
Demand for private rental properties is high and we can assist to minimise void periods.
Families are looking for a home – your rental property could be the perfect match. Get in touch with the Worcester City Lettings team today to find out more.
- Worcester City Lettings – Website - 01905 721155
Tenancy Deposit Scheme
If you take a cash deposit from a tenant, you must deposit this into one of the government deposit protection schemes. There are three insurance-backed tenancy deposit protection schemes. The authorised administrators are: The Deposit Protection Service (which also offers a custodial service), My Deposits and The Tenancy Deposit Scheme. More information about tenancy deposit protection and the authorised scheme administrators is available on GOV.UK
The landlord or agent must protect the deposit and issue prescribed information to the tenant within 30 days of receiving the deposit.
If there is disagreement over how the deposit is divided at the end of the tenancy, a dispute can be raised with the scheme and an impartial adjudicator will decide how the deposit should be divided based on the evidence provided.
Government Deposit Protection Schemes
- The Deposit Protection Service - The Deposit Protection Service (The DPS) launched in 2007 and has grown to become a trusted partner to many landlords and letting agents. They are proud to offer a ‘one-stop shop' for tenancy deposit protection by providing landlords and letting agents with a choice of custodial or insurance-based protection via their Custodial Scheme or Insured Scheme.
- My Deposits - My deposits is a government-authorised tenancy deposit protection scheme. It is designed to enable landlords and letting agents in England and Wales to take and hold a deposit for the duration of the tenancy.
- The Tenancy Deposit Scheme - is a multi-award winning, government approved provider of tenancy deposit protection and alternative dispute resolution in England and Wales. They are an independent, not-for-profit company operated by The Dispute Service Ltd, the UK's longest established provider of tenancy deposit protection.
- Rent Deposit Guarantee Bond via Worcester City Lettings (RDGB)- is a Worcester City Council scheme where a tenant will be sourced, and a deposit bond issued (instead of a cash deposit) this allows the landlord not to register their deposit with the above deposit protection schemes.
For further information on letting your property you may find the following websites & leaflets useful:
- Private Renting Guidance (GOV.UK)
- National Residential Landlords Association
- LACORS Thinking about renting out your home?
- Assured Shorthold Tennancy: Tips for Landlords
- Assured and Assured Shorthold Tenancies: A Guide for Landlords