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Owning a rental property is a big commitment. You can't just put your money into it and forget about it. There are a number of responsibilities that come with letting a property so we've put together this list to help you get started.
Are you going to use an agency or do it yourself? For a fee an agency can either just find tenants for you or fully manage the property. Tenant’s deposits need to be held by a third party, under the Tenancy Deposit Protection (TDP) scheme. It’s compulsory, and can help resolve any disputes between you and your tenants.
You’ll also need to give your tenants a valid EPC, which outlined how energy efficient a building is and gives it a rating. You’ll need to get a Domestic Energy Assessor to create the EPC before you start marketing the property for rent.
You must be able to give your tenants an up-to-date current gas safety certificate that's been provided by a Gas Safe registered engineer. By law, you'll need to have all gas appliances serviced regularly, usually once a year.
Do you need to decorate? Is it in good condition? What about the garden? Will you let it furnished or unfurnished? Does everything work like sockets, locks and heating? And if the property is over 3 storeys, or occupied by multiple people, do you have a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licence? Find out more on gov.uk.
If you've already got a mortgage on the property, you should either have a Buy to let mortgage or permission from your lender to let the property. Make sure that you take out landlord's buildings insurance. And consider rent insurance, which could pay for legal costs if your tenants stop paying rent and need to be evicted.
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