5 documents to expect from your landlord – by law




Renting a home from a landlord is a two-way street. Here’s what the law says they must provide you with before you move in.

1. A copy of the Government’s rental guide

This is a really useful guide which sets out all the information you could want to know about your new rental property (and the landlord or lettings agent is required to give it to you by law).

How to rent: The checklist for renting in England

2. A gas safety certificate

If your rental home has any gas installations (such as an oven), your landlord must arrange an initial gas safety check as conducted by a Gas Safe engineer – and provide you with a certificate.

If they fail to do this, you can report them to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The gas safety check should then be carried out every 12 months. 

3. The paperwork protecting your deposit

By law, the landlord must hold your deposit in a Government-backed Tenancy Deposit Scheme, so you'll be protected if any disputes arise at the end of the tenancy.

You should be given the TDS paperwork which will clearly state the sum being held and in which scheme. If no disputes arise at the end of the tenancy, you’ll get your deposit back within 10 days.

4. An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)

This certificate rates the energy-efficiency of your rental home, from A to G (A being the most efficient). It contains information about the home’s typical energy costs so there shouldn’t be any nasty surprises come winter.

5. Relevant contact details

Your landlord (or lettings agent acting on behalf of the landlord), should provide their full details including name, address and telephone number in case of an emergency.

A  ‘nice-to-have’...

It’s good practice, but not law, for your landlord to provide you with reports of any electrical inspections. All appliances must be safe and checks every five years are recommended.

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