Council tax and rental properties
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A landlord has certain responsibilities when renting out a private property. Failure to meet these obligations may result in a fine or prosecution. Read on to ensure you are aware of your obligations as a landlord of a sole occupancy property/single let private property.
What is a sole occupancy?
Also known as a “single let”, a sole occupancy is a property that is rented for the use of one household. A household can be : (i) a single person; (ii) cohabitating couples whether or not of they are of the opposite sex; or (iii) a family of related people. The key element of a sole occupancy is that the single household has the exclusive right to possess the property. No facilities or amenities such as toilets, kitchens or showers are shared with other households.
What responsibilities are imposed by law on a landlord of a sole occupancy?
Before agreeing to rent out a property, a landlord must do the following:
At the beginning of the tenancy
The landlord must provide the tenant with the following:
Throughout the tenancy
These are the standard legal responsibilities of a landlord:
The property must be kept in the following condition:
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