Advice on a range of issues such as regulatory standards and houses in multiple occupation (HMO).
If you are new to being a landlord you will need to ensure that your properties are safe and healthy to live in. Below are some useful guides to the rules and regulations that you will need to adhere to.
- Housing Health and Safety Rating System
- Tenancy deposit protection
- The Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006
Our Information Fact Sheet is also available to download General information for landlords.
Energy Performance Certificate
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is needed whenever a property is built, sold or rented. It is based on an energy survey performed by an assessor who visits the property and examines key items such as loft insulation, domestic boiler, hot water tank, radiators and windows for double glazing. They then calculate the energy efficiency. An EPC gives a property an energy efficiency rating from "A" (most efficient) to "G" (least efficient) and it is valid for 10 years.
Houses in multiple occupation
If you are the landlord of a house in multiple occupation (HMO), you must meet certain standards and obligations, including:
- making sure your contact details are made available to the occupiers. Details must be clearly displayed in a common part of the HMO.
- ensuring that the HMO is safe for the occupiers, especially in relation to the fire precautions, gas and electrical safety.
- ensuring that the property is maintained in a reasonable condition, including all fixtures, furnishings and appliances.
- ensuring that the gardens are free from waste and kept in a tidy condition.
We have a guidance document which provides information on Amenity Standards in licensed and non licensed HMO's which includes advice on fire safety, gas, electrics, repairs and much more.
Buying a property to let as an HMO
You will need planning permission for all new Houses of Multiple Occupation in Hatfield. Please visit our planning and building area for further information.
Further advice and guidance for landlords and letting agents
The PAL scheme recognises landlords and agents that meet their legal obligations and those that go above and beyond to provide quality homes. Free and voluntary to join, PAL offers landlords and letting agents many benefits including public recognition, advice and training, free promotion and local discounts. Find out more at www.pal-online.org.uk.
Deposits and Fees
The law on tenant fees means that there are only specified charges that a landlord or agent cannot require the tenant, or anyone acting on the tenants behalf or guaranteeing the tenant's rent, to make in connection with a tenancy. They cannot require the tenant to enter a contract with a third party for the provision for a service or for insurance or make a loan in connection with a tenancy.
- The rent.
- A refundable tenancy deposit capped at no more than five weeks' rent where your total annual rent is less than £50,000, or six weeks' rent where your total annual rent is £50,000 or above.
- A refundable holding deposit (to reserve a property) capped at no more than one week's rent.
- Payments to change the tenancy when requested by the tenant, capped at £50, or reasonable costs incurred if higher.
- Payments associated with early termination of the tenancy, when requested by the tenant.
- Payments in respect of utilities, communication services, TV licence and council tax.
- A default fee for late payment of rent and replacement of a lost key/security device giving access to the housing, where required under a tenancy agreement.
A landlord cannot evict a tenant using the section 21 eviction procedure until they have repaid any unlawfully charged fees or returned an unlawfully retained holding deposit. All other rules around the application of the section 21 evictions procedure will continue to apply.
The Partnership Accreditation for Landlords
By joining the partnership, you can achieve accredited status meaning that you are recognised as providing quality accommodation and tenants are more likely to want to rent properties from landlords who are recommended by the scheme.
The landlords forum
We work with the National Landlords Association to host a forum that meets three times a year to raise and discuss issues that affect both private landlords and the council. Topics discussed include, health and safety, electrical and fire safety, financial advice and tax information. It is also a good chance to meet other landlords.
Contact us if you would like an invitation or to be added to our mailing list.