Finding a tenant
You can advertise your property in a number of ways:
- local newspapers and magazines
- shop windows and notice boards in supermarkets
- through a letting agent or a managing agent
Arranging a viewing
- you should be able to answer any questions that a prospective tenant has about the property
- emphasis the good features about the property
- give the viewers time to discuss the property alone
- if the prospective tenants show an interest, explain further checks will be made until you make your decision
Before a tenancy is agreed
Pre-tenancy checks may be carried out before you let your property. These may include:
- obtaining references
- proof of identity and/or proof of current address
- proof of income
- proof of Home Office documents – this can assist you to understand their legal status in the UK
If a person cannot provide some of the documents you have requested, it may be advisable to carry out credit checks or ask for a guarantor.
You have the 'right to rent' if you are a British Citizen, Citizen of a country in the EU or EEA, Citizen of another country with no time limits on your permission to live in the UK.
A tenancy agreement is a legally binding document between landlord and tenant and sets out the terms and conditions of the rent contract.
Tenancy agreements can also be purchased from Oyez
As a landlord you must use one of the three government accredited deposit protection schemes
- your tenant may be eligible to claim housing benefit
- if they already claim housing benefit and they already owe more than eight weeks rent, you could apply to have the payments paid directly to you
Property repairs and maintenance
- Landlords and tenants responsibilities relating to repairs in the property
- Housing health and safety rating system
Problems in a tenancy
If your tenant abandons the property without telling you, in the eyes of the law, they are still classed as the tenant until you obtain a court order for possession, or by a surrender, or similar act by the tenant.
Always seek advice – information on Notices and possession procedures is available from housing advice services.