Guide to Being a Landlord
Deciding to become a landlord is not a decision to be taken lightly as it comes with some duties and responsibilities. Propertyhop are here to help you along the way and, if you choose, help you to find a tenant and settle them into their new home with the required documentation and assistance.
If becoming a landlord for the first time the first thing you need to do is register with the Landlord Registration Scheme. Full details of this and the steps you need to take can be found on www.nidirect.gov.uk, just type Landlord Registration into the Search box.
Ownership of the let property carries certain responsibilities. You will be responsible for:
- Ensuring the property is fit for habitation including repairs to the structure - the exterior, heating, hot water systems, sinks, baths and other sanitary ware
- The safety of gas and electrical appliances
- The safety of furniture and furnishings, if you are providing these as part of the tenancy
- Repair and maintenance of room and water heating equipment
- Any common areas in multiple occupancy properties
You will also be obliged, under the Private Tenancies (Northern Ireland) Order 2006, to provide the tenant with a rent book free of charge and a statement of tenancy terms within 28 days of the tenancy commencing. If you have chosen Pricing Option 3 we will provide this service on your behalf.
A chosen tenant will also have responsibilities to the landlord, stipulated in the tenancy agreement. This will include:
- To pay for rent as agreed
- To pay for gas, electricity, telephone and normally rates - if set out in the tenancy agreement
- To keep the property in a reasonable state of cleanliness and decoration
- To ensure that they, or their visitors, do not cause nuisance or annoyance to the occupiers of any neighbouring or adjoining premises
If you choose Pricing Option 3 we will provide the tenant with a tenancy agreement setting out these terms and help you to ensure they are adhered to.