How to ensure you are compliant with current landlord regulation

Significant changes introduced in recent times are transforming landlord regulations and responsibilities

Are you compliant with the latest landlord requirements? Failure to comply could result in hefty fines or a loss of your Section 21 rights as a landlord.

Follow our comprehensive landlord compliance checklist to ensure you are up to date with your legal obligations.

1. Do you need a landlord licence?

Selective licensing was introduced in 2006 to try to force rogue landlords to clean up their acts. Any council can introduce a scheme if there are problems with antisocial behaviour or poor housing in certain wards or areas of their remit. Selective licensing schemes require landlords to agree to specific property management rules,

with the threat of significant fines if they fail to do so. It is therefore important that you check with your local council as to whether you are required to have a selective or a mandatory licence and what conditions you are required to comply with in order to qualify for the relevant license.

2. Have you carried out right-to-rent checks on all tenants?

Under section 22 of the Immigration Act 2014 a landlord should not authorise an adult to occupy a property as their only or main home under a residential tenancy agreement unless the adult is a British citizen, or EEA or Swiss national, or has a ‘right to rent’ in the UK.

Someone will have the ‘right to rent’ in the UK provided they are present lawfully in accordance with immigration laws. The requirement to check whether a tenant has a ‘right to rent’ came into effect on 1st February 2016 and landlords who breach section 22 may be liable for a civil penalty