Landlords have been faced with a barrage of regulatory changes in recent years – and it can be difficult to keep up with the new rules.
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New research highlights how many landlords know the correct rules for renting out a room, covering issues such as tenant deposits, smoke alarms and how much notice must be given before entering a property.
Would you know the correct answer to these rental questions? Take a look below.
1. Who needs to receive Prescribed Information when a landlord takes a deposit from a tenant?
A massive 91 per cent of landlords don’t follow the correct process when it comes to tenants’ deposits.
Prescribed Information is the specific information regarding the protection of a deposit and it must been sent to everyone who contributed financially to the deposit.
2. How often do you need to apply for a gas safety certificate?
A total of 51 per cent of landlords answered this question incorrectly.
As a landlord, you need to have checks carried out by a registered Gas Safe engineer on an annual basis. After that, you have to provide the tenant with the certificate within 30 days.
3. What are the legal smoke alarm requirements for a rental property?
Less than a third – at 32 per cent – of landlords know the legal requirements for the number of smoke alarms required.
The correct answer is one on every storey. You can read our article on smoke and carbon monoxide detectors for more information.
4. What is the minimum rental room size for a single adult tenant?
The majority of landlords at 82 per cent are unfamiliar with the legal size of a room that can be rented out to a single person.
The rules apply to houses in multiple occupation, with the room size being a minimum of 6.51 sq metres.
For a couple, it is 10.22 sq metres, and for a child under 10 years old, it is 4.64 sq metres.
5. How much notice do landlords have to give tenants before entering the property for a routine check?
Only 18 per cent of landlords know they must give 24 hours before requesting to enter their rental property. Check out our article for more on landlord access rights
Knowing your legal obligations
Adam Male, director of lettings at Urban.co.uk - which carried out the research - said: “With more and more legislation coming into effect and those already in place being amended, it isn’t easy to stay in the loop”
If you’re unsure of any of your legal obligations as a landlord, read our full article to help get yourself up to speed.
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