Frequently Asked Questions
Does a landlord have to be registered with the local authority prior to the property being advertised to let?
A landlord’s registration number must be on all adverts. However, it is possible for us to say ‘landlord registration pending’ but only for a maximum of 14 days.
How often does a gas safety inspection have to be carried out?
It is a legal requirement to have a gas safety inspection carried out annually.
How much of a deposit can a landlord ask for?
Usually landlords ask for a deposit which is equal to one month’s rent. If you wish, you can ask for a larger deposit but the maximum you can take is an amount equivalent to two months’ rent.
Who pays the council tax on a property, the landlord or the tenant?
The tenant is responsible for paying council tax for the duration of the tenancy. The landlord is responsible while the property is vacant. However, an exemption may be granted for six months if the property is vacant and unfurnished.
Does a landlord have to offer a tenancy of at least six months duration?
Under the new rules which came into force on 1st December 2017, there is no requirement for a minimum term. Tenancies will run indefinitely until the landlord or tenant gives notice.