One of the ways on which the team at City Rental Services consistently help our landlords is by informing them of recent and rented property legislation changes they face.
So, as we head into Spring, here’s a few of the important legislative changes affecting property landlords in Bristol.
Before the tenancy starts:
How to Rent – the latest version of this information booklet must be given to tenants before the tenancy starts.
Gas Certificate – a current gas safety certificate must be provided at the start of the Tenancy.
Smoke & Heat alarms – appropriate protection must be fitted in each rented property AND checked immediately prior to the commencement of the tenancy.
Section 21 6A – this has replaced 4 and 4A as of 01st October for Notices seeking possession.
Stamp Duty changes – these will be 3% from 01st April, 2016 on second home investment properties.
Right to Rent – the Tenant’s Passport needs to be presented to the agency to be checked or some form of acceptable ID produced.
Prescribed Information – there are three tenant deposit schemes, and the details of the deposit scheme being used must be given to the tenant including the relevant Prescribed Information for the scheme being used.
The legislative changes and the details which must be given by law to new tenants are equally important – if you’re unsure, please feel free to pop into our offices to discuss the legal requirements of property landlords in 2016.
If you’re looking for advice on rented property in Bristol, please call into 58 Gloucester Road to see us – as an independent letting agency in Bristol, we’re here to help.