This article consists of information intended to help resident landlords to understand what their legal rights are. As a resident landlord you have more extensive rights due to your tenant living in your own home. The following information applies exclusively to England. Laws may differ if you are a landlord in another part of the UK. If you live in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland give Roskell Davies a call today and we will give you legal advice which is tailored to your location.
Information For Resident Landlords
If you are currently a live-in landlord or you are thinking of becoming one, here are some important facts which you should be aware of.
– Ending a letting: As a resident landlord you have the right to ask your tenant to leave, whenever you wish to. You must give them notice a reasonable notice period as agreed in the tenancy agreement or in line with how often they pay their rent. For example, if they pay weekly rent – you can give them a week’s notice to vacate the property. This notice can be verbal or written. Whether you are allowed to change the locks once this notice period is up depends on whether or not your tenant is an excluded occupier. If a tenant shares living space with you – they are likely to be an excluded occupier. If they are an excluded occupier you can change the locks if they refuse to leave when the notice period is up, however you must return their belongings to them.
– Repairs: You should ensure that the property is safe and in good repair. You have responsibility for all major repairs as the owner of the home unless otherwise specified in the tenancy agreement. If you wish for your tenant to have the responsibility to complete repairs and maintenance in their part of the house you must ensure that you have put this down in writing.
– Appliances: Any electrical or gas appliances will be the responsibility of the owner. If you are providing any new appliances for mutual use in the home you must make sure that they are safe and they you provide the relevant instruction manuals with them.
– Fire safety: you will have to comply with fire safety standards. Furniture must be fire resistant to an appropriate level.
– Rent: Once a rent amount has been agreed between you and your tenant, they do not have a legal right to challenge the rent.
– Rent-a-room Scheme: this is a government-run scheme which allows you to have a certain figure of tax free income from your rented room.
If you need any further information regarding renting a room in your home, dealing with a dispute with your tenant, drafting a tenancy agreement or any other housing law – please contact a Roskell Davies solicitor today.