What Is A Private LandLord ?

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A landlord is the owner of a house, apartment, condominium, land or real estate which is rented or leased to an individual or business, who is called a tenant (also a lessee or renter). When a juristic person is in this position, the term landlord is used. Other terms include lessor and owner. A rental agreement, or lease, is the contract defining such terms as the price paid, penalties for late payments, the length of the rental or lease, and the amount of notice required before either the homeowner or tenant cancels the agreement. In general, responsibilities are given as follows: the homeowner is responsible for making repairs and performing property maintenance, and the tenant is responsible for keeping the property clean and safe. (wikipedia)

 

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About Private Renting

You have certain rights and responsibilities if you’re a tenant in privately rented property. As a tenant, you have the right to:

  • live in a property that’s safe and in a good state of repair
  • have your deposit returned when the tenancy ends
  • challenge excessively high charges
  • know who your landlord is
  • live in the property undisturbed
  • see an Energy Performance Certificate for the property
  • be protected from unfair eviction and unfair rent
  • have a written agreement if you have a fixed-term tenancy of more than 3 years
  • If you have a tenancy agreement, it should be fair and comply with the law.If you don’t know who your landlord
  • is, write to the person or company you pay rent to. Your landlord can be fined If they don’t give you this
  • information within 21 days.
  • Your landlord must give you: a copy of the How to rent guide if you live in England or a tenant information pack if you live in Scotland.

You have some responsibilities:

  • You must give your landlord access to the property to inspect it or carry out repairs. Your landlord has to give you at least 24 hours’ notice and visit at a reasonable time of day, unless it’s an emergency and they need immediate access.
  • take good care of the property, eg turn off the water at the mains if you’re away in cold weather
  • pay the agreed rent, even if repairs are needed or you’re in dispute with your landlord
  • pay other charges as agreed with the landlord, eg Council Tax or utility bills
  • repair or pay for any damage caused by you, your family or friends
  • only sublet a property if the tenancy agreement or your landlord allows it

Your landlord has the right to take legal action to evict you if you don’t meet your responsibilities.

Landlord responsibilities

You’re a landlord if you rent out your property. As a landlord you must:

  • keep your rented properties safe and free from health hazards
  • make sure all gas and electrical equipment is safely installed and maintained
  • provide an Energy Performance Certificate for the property
  • protect your tenant’s deposit in a government-approved scheme
  • check your tenant has the right to rent your property if it’s in England
  • give your tenant a copy of the How to rent checklist when they start renting from you (you can email it to them)
  • Fire safety
  • Financial responsibilities
  • Legal responsibilities
  • If you own a property and rent it out, the council may decide to do an HHSRS inspection because:
  • your tenants have asked for an inspection
  • the council has done a survey of local properties and thinks your property might be hazardous.(gov.uk)

 

Util Links For LandLords :

www.landlordregistrationscotland.gov.uk
www.nidirect.gov.uk
www.landlords.org.uk
www.gov.uk
www.landlordregistration.nidirect.gov.uk