Author: Simon Stone

Published: 18 March 2019

Category: Property News

Author: Simon Stone

Published: 18 March 2019

Category: Property News

So much legislative change has taken place in recent years around the buy-to-let market, that it can seem like a nightmare for newcomers or landlords who feel a little out of the loop.

One question we sometimes get asked, is what certificates do I need when taking on a tenant? Well, we're always here to help, and in this article, we provide you with the basic details of what you need – and what you need to keep – when you take on a new tenant.

There are a handful of certificates you will need to have in place at the start of a tenancy, and these are listed below:

Tenancy Agreement

What certificates do landlords need 1

​Tenancy Agreement

This isn't so much a certificate than a legal agreement in writing. It contains details of the rights and responsibilities of both landlord and tenant/s and should be kept throughout the tenancy.

You can read more about Tenancy Agreements by clicking here.

Tenancy Deposit Scheme Information Document

What certificates do landlords need?

​Tenancy Deposit Scheme

Once you have received the deposit from the tenant at the very start of a tenancy, it is your responsibility to place that deposit in one of the government-backed tenancy deposit schemes (TDP) within 30 days of receiving it.

Within those 30 days, you should also provide the tenant with details of where the deposit is stored, identifying the scheme, and informing the tenant as to how they can get the deposit back. 

Landlords can find more information on this here. You should provide this information to the tenant in writing, and this is a document you will need to keep a copy of for the duration of the tenancy.

Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)

What certificates do landlords need?

​Energy Performance Certficate

This reveals how energy efficient your property is and will estimate what it costs to run the property. A landlord will need an EPC to show a potential tenant (a seller also needs to show a buyer an EPC).

An EPC is valid for ten years but must be shown to tenants when they rent a property as it will give them an idea of utility costs.

Find out more here.

Gas Safety Certificate

What certificates do landlords need?

​Gas Safety Certificate

All relevant gas supply and gas appliances must be checked for safety annually. The safety check should be carried out by a Gas Safe Registered engineer who will then provide you, the landlord, with a certificate for safe-keeping. Tenants should then be provided with this information.

You can find out more here.

Electrical Certificate

What certificates do landlords need?

​Electrical Certficate

This isn't so much a certificate than a legal agreement in writing. It contains details of the rights and responsibilities of both landlord and tenant/s and should be kept throughout the tenancy.

You can read more about Tenancy Agreements by clicking here.

HMO Licence

What certificates do landlords need?

​HMO Licence

If you let an House in Multiple Occupation (HMO), you are required to obtain an HMO licence from the local authority. An HMO is needed when you rent out your property to at least 3 people who are not from the same “household” or family but share facilities such as bathrooms or kitchens.

You can find out more about the HMO licence here.

Landlords Insurance

What certificates do landlords need?

​Landlord Insurance

You will want to protect your investment – your property, and Landlords Insurance is key to this. You won't need to show tenants your insurance documents, but you should make it clear to tenants what they can/should insure.

Read more about Landlord Insurance here.

How to Rent Guide

What certificates do landlords need?

​How to Rent guide

Since October 2015, landlords are now required to give their the latest copy of the How to Rent Guide, a checklist for renting. This gives tenants more information about their rights and responsibilities as a tenant.

You can find out more about this document here.

If this has left you feeling somewhere daunted – don't worry. We're here to help and advise landlords on what they need to run an effective tenancy. 

For more information on any of the above, or to let a property in the Marlow, Maidenhead or High Wycombe area, get in touch.

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