Download tenancy agreements, template letters, forms, and guides
In the last decade, the regulatory requirements placed on the private rental sector have expanded substantially. There are now more than 150 Acts of Parliament placing obligations on landlords, which is an increase of over 30% since 2010.
To help support you, the NRLA has produced a suite of landlord resources and guides to assist you through the lifetime of a tenancy and beyond. These include downloadable tenancy agreements and contracts, template letters, completion notes for court forms and other prescribed Government documents.
One of the best ways of ensuring you build a strong relationship with your tenant is to get everything right before the tenancy starts. This section includes resources covering topics such as deposit protection, referencing your tenants and marketing your property.
CREATING A TENANCY
It is important to have an agreement in place between a landlord and tenant in order to lay out the rights and responsibilities of each party. Whether you are looking for an assured shorthold tenancy agreement (AST) for the whole house or individual we have downloadable tenancy agreements available for our members.
MANAGING A TENANCY
Once a tenant moves into your property there are a number of things to consider to manage the tenancy effectively. We have detailed guides on topics such as your right to access the property and your tenants’ rights of refusal, to what to consider before deciding whether to allow pets in your rental property or not.
ENDING A TENANCY
Knowing how to end a tenancy is essential for any landlord. Despite less than 1% of tenancies ending via court action, the process can be difficult and frustrating. The NRLA have a number of resources on topics such as serving and completing Section 21 notices.
As a responsible landlord you will want to ensure your property is maintained to a good quality standard and safe to live in. You will also have to comply with certain legal requirements around the performance of inspections and ensure your property is fit for human habitation.
Enforcement and Licensing
Most of the legislation affecting landlords is enforced by the local authority who have a number of powers of enforcement. If the local authority identifies a genuine need for it then they can create a licensing scheme that applies to all properties in a specific area.
ENERGY & EFFICIENCY
By providing an energy-efficient home you are likely to provide a more attractive property to prospective tenants. There are certain legal requirements such as providing an Energy Performance Certificate (EPCs) if you plan to market a property for rent.
TAX & BENEFITS
Letting a property is like any other business: if you make a profit, it’s liable to taxation. Property tax is a specialist area and navigating the rules can be complicated. The NRLA have compiled a list of useful guides and resources such as our property accounts spreadsheet to help you.
NRLA membership not only saves you money, but helps you save time and stay compliant with a dedicated advice line and a suite of resources, documents, model contracts, guides, webinars, and legislative updates. Plus, get local support from your Regional Representative and network with like-minded landlords at regional meetings.