Landlord rights and responsibilities
Letting out a property is increasingly popular in the UK.
But you need to know your rights and responsibilities before you decide if renting your property is the right choice for you.
Use our advice to help you decide if you want to become a landlord:
- I'm thinking of letting a property, what do I need to know?
- I can't sell my house, can I rent it out?
A letting agent will be able to help you find tenants and even manage your property but using an agent comes with a cost.
It’s important to screen your tenants thoroughly before letting your property out. A good letting agent will be able to help you check on a prospective tenant.
Letting agents are also legally required to be a member of one of three compulsory redress schemes:
- The Property Ombudsman
- Ombudsman Services: Property
- The Property Redress Scheme
The schemes will offer independent investigation of complaints about hidden fees or poor service.
If you are unhappy with the service you have received from your letting agent, there are steps you can take:
Tenants in rent arrears
Use our simple guidance to ensure you do everything you legally can to recover the rent you're owed while remaining a professional landlord:
- How to deal with a tenant whose rent has fallen into arrears
- Letter to demand outstanding rent from a tenant
Dealing with problem tenants
Our guides give you the steps you should take to act legally and effectively to protect your property:
- How to legally evict your tenant
- My tenant has damaged my property, what can I do?
- My tenant has left some items after the end of their tenure
- My tenant has left the property without giving any notice
Housing Act 1988
According to the Housing Act 1988, as a landlord you’re obligated to provide your tenants with at least 24 hours’ notice before entering the property, unless it’s an emergency.
If you ignore this you could be prosecuted for harassment.