Landlord Starter Pack

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Taking the first steps as a landlord can be both exciting and daunting. With over 150 Acts of Parliament to keep track of it may be difficult to know where to start, particularly if you are one of the many who become 'accidental landlords' through inheriting a property or moving in with a partner.  

This page is designed as a primer for landlords taking these first steps in England. If you are a landlord in Wales, you should follow the different rules covered in our Wales Hub.

Whether you have chosen to invest or you are an accidental landlord, this guide will get you up and running on the path to being a responsible landlord in England. We provide clear guidance on the things you must do and downloadable templates and resources to help you do this.

Before you let your property

Preparation and planning before you let out the property is key to a successful relationship with your tenant. It gives you the chance to familiarise yourself with your obligations, decide on the type of tenants you want to let to and make any adjustments you need to the property to prevent issues arising later.

It also gives you the chance to properly vet any prospective tenants. Less than 10% of tenants fall into arrears in the course of a year and fewer than 1% of tenancies end through a landlord going to court. The odds are good that if you research your tenants they will be responsible.

Members and guests only

The rest of this guide is available to read by anyone who has registered for an account on the NRLA website. In it we cover the basics that every landlord needs to know on topics such as:

  • data protection
  • referencing tenants
  • starting a tenancy
  • managing your tenants
  • ending a tenancy
  • property standards
  • tax
  • deposits
  • required information

For full members of the NRLA, this page also contains a number of downloadable resources to make compliance as easy as possible. This includes documents such as:

  • tenancy agreements
  • privacy notice template
  • tenancy application form
  • start of tenancy checklist
  • holding deposit form
  • guarantor documents
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