#rentsafe - check this advice if you rent your home
With so many people renting their homes nowadays, Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards teams are promoting a #rentsafe scheme - reminding people of what to be aware of to avoid falling foul of rogue landlords.
There is a lot of information on the government's website about how to #rentsafe.
Did you know?
- Tenancy deposits are now capped and there are procedures for holding deposits. Find out more here
- You will need certain documents available for landlords and agents to check, to confirm your identity and credit history for example. They may take copies but MUST return the originals to you
- Look for landlords who belong to an accreditation scheme such as The National Landlords Association, the Residential Landlords Association or the Guild of Landlords
- Or, if you go through a letting agent, they must be a member of a redress scheme
- Rental deposits should not be more than 5 or 6 weeks’ worth of rent (depending on the total annual rent) and must be protected in a government approved scheme. Find out more about deposit protection here
- Before renting, check for working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, your landlord MUST install them. Use this link to check the property is safe to live in
Look out for the #rentsafe hashtag on social media for more tips on renting safely.