5 things landlords must do on the first day of a new tenancy

OK so you have done all the hard work and preparation for the new tenancy but what must you do on the first day of a new tenancy…

1. Give the tenant a copy of the energy performance certificate

Reference: Part 2, Regulation 6, (5) of The Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations 2012

2. Give the tenant a copy of the last record of the safety check of the gas appliances and flue (Landlord’s/Landlord Gas Safety Record)

Reference: Part F, Regulation 36 of The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998

3. Give the tenant a copy of the latest version of the How to rent: the checklist for renting in England

Reference: Regulation 3 of The Assured Shorthold Tenancy Notices and Prescribed Requirements (England) Regulations 2015

4. Give the tenant a copy of the required documents (to include name and postal address of the manufacturer and importer), instructions and safety information for the electrical equipment supplied

Reference: Regulation 26 of The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016

5. Check the prescribed alarms (smoke and carbon monoxide) are in proper working order

Reference: Part 2, Regulation 4, 1 (b) of The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015

6 things we recommend you do…

1. Get the tenant to sign a document to prove items 1-5 above have been carried out

2. Check the property against the Inventory and Schedule of Condition Report with the tenant and get the tenant to sign a copy of the report

3. Give the tenant Legionella control information

4. Give the tenant manufacturer’s instructions for any equipment or product supplied

5. Take photographs of the meter readings

6. Show the tenant where to isolate the utilities

Have we missed anything? do you have any questions? ask a letting specialist.

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