COVID19: INFORMATION FOR PRIVATE LANDLORDS & TENANTS
Current government guidelines will mean some changes to private renting; the government has encouraged landlords and tenants to adopt a pragmatic and common-sense approach during this period.
Please follow the link below for guidance for landlords and tenants in the context of Coronavirus. The guidance contains important information about possession proceedings, rent payments and access to properties for urgent repairs:
GAS SAFETY CHECKS
Landlords still have a duty of care to their tenants, including annual gas safety checks. Landlords should continue to arrange gas safety checks if they are due, and should discuss appropriate distancing measures with their gas engineer.
If landlords are unable to complete a gas safety check due to tenants self-isolating or a shortage of available engineers, they should keep a record of their attempts to complete the check, and arrange for it to be done as soon as is practicably possible. Please see the below statement from the Health & Safety Executive for further advice:
The private rented sector plays an important role in the provision of housing in the borough, and the Council is keen to encourage its improvement to meet the demand for good quality rented accommodation.
Please read our pages on:
- The Good Landlord & Agent Scheme
- Selective Licensing
- Private landlords responsibilities
Landlords – Important Information for Changes to Legislation (01 Oct 2015)
Information from HMRC
To view the latest HMRC webinars for advice and information Click Here
The HMRC also has an online e-learning course that provides guidance on property lettings Click Here