The Government has announced 'Local COVID alert level: high' restrictions for Stockton-on-Tees.
For further information about the rules and disruptions to Council services visit www.stockton.gov.uk/coronavirus.
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.
- 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.