Information for Private Landlords in Dartford.
- Landlords Guide to the Housing Act 2004
- Housing Health & Safety Rating System (HHSRS)
- Private Sector Property Accreditation Scheme
- Private Sector Landlords Forum
- Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO)
- HMO Licensing
- Energy Efficiency
- CLG guide 'Letting rooms in your home'
The Department for Communities & Local Government have produced a Summary of legislative changes PDF, 81.54 KB, some of these changes came in to effect from the 1 April 2015.
If you let furnished accommodation all furniture you provide must be fire resistant. The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 set levels of fire resistance for domestic upholstered furnishings
The requirement for annual maintenance and safety checks on gas appliances hasn't changed but landlords should make sure that these are carried out by a Gas Safe Register engineer
If you let property you must ensure that the electrical system and all appliances supplied are safe - failure to comply with the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 and the The Consumer Protection Act 1987 is a criminal offence
From 6 April 2007, all deposits (for rent up to £25,000 per Annum) taken by landlords and agents for assured shorthold tenancies in England and Wales have had to be protected by an authorised tenancy deposit scheme
A scheme of Housing Benefit was introduced from 7th April 2008 called Local Housing Allowance (LHA). This is for tenants who rent properties from private landlords
Dartford Borough Council will lease properties for a period of two years. The rent is agreed at the start of the Term, and will be paid quarterly in advance on the 1st day of January, April, July and October, regardless of any void periods during the Term
Useful Links for Private Tenants and Landlords
From 1 October 2008, if you are renting out your property, you will need to provide an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) prepared by an accredited Energy Assessor to any prospective tenant
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015