5 documents your landlord must hand over to you (by law)

documents your landlord must give you as a tenant
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Here is the essential list of documents that you should expect as a tenant from your landlord.

  1. A copy of the Government’s rental guide

This guide sets out all the information you should be given as a tenant, your legal rights and what to expect from the rental process: How to rent: The checklist for renting in England

  1. A gas safety certificate

If your rental home has any gas installations (such as an oven), your landlord must arrange an initial gas safety check as conducted by a Gas Safe engineer – and provide you with a certificate. If they don’t you can report them to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

  1. The paperwork protecting your deposit

Your landlord must hold your deposit in a government-backed Tenancy Deposit Scheme, so you’ll be protected if there’s any disputes at the end of the tenancy. You’ll be given the paperwork for the scheme which should clearly state the sum being held.

  1. An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)

This certificate rates the energy-efficiency of your rental home, from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient).

  1. Relevant contact details

Your landlord (or lettings agent acting on behalf of the landlord), should provide their full contact details including address and telephone number in case of an emergency.

A ‘nice-to-have’…

It’s not law but it’s good practice for your landlord to provide you with reports of any electrical inspections.

6. If applicable – A copy of any licencing (HMO, selective) if your property is in a licensable area then a copy of the licence should given to you so you are aware of the guidelines and restrictions of the licence.

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About the author, David Thomas

David Thomas is an Entrepreneur and passionate Estate Agent who loves helping others on their property journey.

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