Private Landlords

Private Landlords

With almost 4000 rented dwellings in Broxtowe (not including Housing Association and Council owned properties), private landlords play an important role in the housing market.

Responsibilities of a Private Sector Landlord

The advice given will depend on the type of property, for example if you are renting the property to one household i.e. a family, a couple, or a single person or if you intend to let the property as a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO), such as room let to students or other unrelated occupiers who share the kitchen, bathroom and possible lounge.  The requirements for the different letting arrangements will result in different responsibilities and legislation.

The following information aims to give a starting point to help landlords in the Private Rented Sector understand some of their responsibilities.

  • A landlord must ensure that a Gas Safety check of all gas appliances is carried out every year by a Gas Safe registered engineer.

  • A landlord must ensure there are working smoke detectors to all storeys in the property, where there are usable rooms, e.g. one on the ceiling in the entrance hallway and one on the ceiling on the landing (and subsequent levels e.g. usable attic rooms). If the property has an open fire, wood stove or other solid fuel burning appliances then a carbon monoxide alarm must be provided and installed in the room where the appliance is located.

  • Although it is not a legal requirement to have an Electrical installation Condition Report (EICR) (an inspection carried out by suitably qualified electrician) a landlord does have a duty to ensure the electrical installation is safe. By having an Electrical Installation Conditions Report carried out every 5 years will ensure this requirement is complied with.

  • A landlord must have an Energy Performance Certificate for the property that has been carried out within the last 10 years.

  • A landlord should ensure the property is free from any hazards as specified under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System.

  • Landlords of rented properties have a duty under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and associated regulations to ensure that any risk from legionella is minimised.

At the commencement of the tenancy the landlord must provide the tenant with copies of:

  • The Gas Safety Record

  • The Energy Performance Certificate

  • A copy of the "How to Rent" leaflet, this is produced by the Government and can be provided as a hard copy or you can provide it electronically.

  • From 1st February 2016 a Landlord must check a tenants"right to rent". Within 28 days before the start of a new tenancy, you must make checks for people aged 18 and over living in your property, and whether or not they're named in the tenancy agreement.

  • All types of tenancy agreements, written or oral.

  • A Landlord must protect any deposit taken for the property in one of the Government-backed deposit schemes.

At the commencement of all new tenancies, it is recommended that they are tested in the presence of the new tenant and both landlord and tenant sign to confirm the smoke alarms have been tested and are working at the commencement of the tenancy.

Broxtowe Borough Council's Statement of Principles for The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 sets out the principles that the Council will apply in exercising its powers to require a relevant landlord (landlord) to pay a financial penalty under this legislation.

For further advice or information please contact the Private Sector Housing team on 0115 917 3438.

Private Sector Housing
tel: 0115 917 3438
tel: 0115 917 7777