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Information for tenants

1. Commencing a tenancy

Upon renting your property, your landlord should provide you with a copy of the ‘How to Rent’ checklist.

If you pay a deposit, it is a legal requirement for your landlord to protect this in a Government approved tenancy deposit scheme. There are only 3 of these schemes available, more information about which can be found on the GOV.UK website. Your landlord should provide you with a certificate establishing which scheme your deposit is being held in.

Before your tenancy commences, if the property contains gas appliances within it, provided by the landlord, then you must be provided with a Gas Safety Certificate, dated within the last 12 months. A gas safety check for the property is then legally required to be undertaken on an annual basis thereafter.

It is a legal requirement for all privately rented properties to have smoke detection installed on each level. If there are solid fuel burning appliances (e.g. a log burning fire) within the property also, carbon monoxide alarms are also required to be installed.

The landlord should ensure that any smoke or carbon monoxide alarms are working at the start of the tenancy. Tenants are then advised to test any such alarms also on a monthly basis thereafter.

For further information about private renting, visit the Shelter website.