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Landlord

Information for landlords that currently rent properties out in Nottingham City

Responsibilities

  • Ensure that properties are appropriately licensed
  • Provide a property that provides a safe and healthy environment
  • Protect deposits (under a tenancy deposit scheme)
  • Provide your name and contact details to tenants
  • Not harass or illegally evict tenants
  • Should give reasonable notice and arrange a suitable time before entering a property
  • Ensure that an annual gas safety check is carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer (provide tennants a copy before they move in or within 28 days)
  • Ensure that the fixed electrical installation is in a safe condition and that the appliances you provide are safe to use
  • In HMOs it is a requirement that the fixed electrical installation be inspected and tested by a competent person at least every 5 years
  • Ensure any furniture or furnishings you supply are fire resistant
  • Ensure that all properties have an appropriate fire alarm system, fire doors and escape route out of the property

If you are a landlord with properties that are rented out within Nottingham City; the council expects you to take responsibility for your role as a landlord and ensure that you are aware of all of the relevant legislation.

We are happy to support and enable you in your role as a landlord in a two way relationship.

Our aim is to provide you with a support and advice network that enables you to provide tenants with healthy and safe living.

Nottingham City Council have a pro-active and re-active service that will take the appropriate enforcement action where needed. This includes (but is not limited to) serving improvement notices, simple cautions, applying fines and taking cases forward to prosecution for which some offenses have unlimited fines.

Nottingham City Council encourages landlords to be on board with the Nottingham Standard.

Licensing

If you are a landlord with a property within Nottingham City, it is likely that it falls under one of the licensing schemes. Use the buttons below to check this.

Whether or not your property requires a licence, as a landlord, you will still need to comply with the relevant legislation(s).

Whilst we are here to enable and support you; Nottingham City Council expect all landlords to be pro-active, forward thinking and aware of what is required of them.

If you do not comply with the legal minimum requirements, Nottingham City may take enforcement action which can including fines and prosecution.

Below you can find more information on your legal duties and links to the relevant legislation.

Accredited landlords receive discounts on their licence fees and we also encourage people looking to rent to look at the accredited properties first.

Accreditation is a set of standards based around the management and condition of privately rented accommodation; landlords who join one of the schemes and who meet the standards will then be classed as 'accredited'.

Accreditation schemes are voluntary and there is no obligation on landlords to join. However, accredited landlords show a commitment to providing good quality, well managed accommodation.

Only landlords that are already accredited at the time of making a HMO application will receive the discount; it does not apply where accreditation is pending.

We also expect the accreditation to be upheld during the full term of the licence. Where it is not we will require the discounted amount to be paid back to us.

Tenant Behaviour

The tenants of private rented properties also have responsibilities and you should expect them to behaviour appropriately and make sure that there are the relevant measures and conditions to tenancy agreements in place. You can find these here.

Evictions

Firstly, where we have identified that a property is operating as a HMO and requires a licence; it is illegal to serve a Section 21 notice on these tenants.

If you are a landlord letting properties and want your tenants to leave the premises they must follow a strict procedure, depending on the type of tenancy agreement you are on. This can usually only be enforced through the courts. Depending on the grounds you are seeking possession the notice period provided may differ. Where the procedure is not followed this may be classed as illegal eviction and you may be guilty of a criminal offence. You should not subject your tenants to harassment; this can be anything a landlord does, or fails to do, that makes tenants feel unsafe in the property or forces them to leave.

For more information see www.gov.uk/private-renting-evictions

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