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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Advice on renting out a property

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Anyone thinking of renting out a property should be aware of legal obligations before proceeding.

Stockton Council, in partnership with the Government's advisory body, Local Authorities Co-ordinators of Regulatory Services (LACORS), has issued a checklist that potential landlords should refer to before proceeding with a property rental.

Advice includes:

  • Talk to your mortgage lender
  • Get references from potential tenants
  • Prepare a formal tenancy agreement
  • If you take a deposit, it must be properly protected
  • Find out if you need a property licence
  • Get all gas and electrical appliances checked
  • Obtain an energy performance certificate
  • Minimise the risk of fire
  • Ensure that your property presents no risk to your tenants' health and safety

Failing to talk to a mortgage lender could see people lose their home, while not storing a tenant's deposit in an approved deposit protection scheme could cost landlords three times over.

Failing to apply for a licence for a licensable property could result in up to a £20,000 fine.