Landlord advice

Top tips for you as a landlord

Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rate

Renting your property at the LHA rate ensures that if your tenant is receiving Housing Benefit, the property will be affordable for them as the amount they receive is calculated based on their other income.

To calculate the LHA rate for your property, please click here: LHA rate search

Fire Safety

All landlords have legal obligations to ensure their properties comply with fire safety conditions and that there is an adequate means of escape in the event of a fire. Landlords should identify all fire-related hazards within their properties and analyse how they may affect the building and their tenants. This is often best done by a fire safety professional.

  • You must fit smoke detectors on all storeys of a property where there is living accommodation.
  • You can fit self-closing doors to contain fires and protect stairwells so tenants can get out of the property.
  • Ensure outside doors can be opened at all times from the inside and in HMOs place notices showing exit routes.
  • Carry out regular electrical installation safety checks and annual visual checks of sockets, switches, lamp holders etc. 
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Pest control

At Brent, we employ qualified pest control officers, with a wealth of experience. We will provide a service that will give you peace of mind but most importantly will show your tenants that you take their concerns seriously and you will provide them with a professional and reliable pest control service.

For more information 

Contact us for a quote on 020 8937 5167.

The landlord's main repairing duties

In general, if you are a landlord, the law will impose certain repairing duties on you which you cannot contract out of. You will probably be responsible for most of the major repairs including:

  • leaking roofs and gutters
  • rotting floor boards and windows
  • rising damp
  • damp walls
  • defective electrical wiring
  • dangerous ceilings and staircases
  • faulty gas and water pipes
  • broken water heaters and boilers
  • broken lavatories, sinks and baths and shower facilities
  • repairs to communal areas of the property which are used by all tenants
  • good management of the accommodation, such as making sure communal areas are clean and well lit

The Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) is a tool we use to assess potential risks to the health and safety of people in residential properties. We respond to requests for intervention by private tenants whose landlords will not carry out necessary work within their accommodation.

We carry out a full health and safety 'risk assessment', which includes gardens and paths within the boundary of the premises.

If work needs to be done we will issue instructions to the landlord in the form of statutory notices. This will set out the work that needs to be done and will specify timescales in which it must be completed.

If you fail to carry out legally required work, we may prosecute you via the local magistrates' court. If you are found guilty, the court will normally issue a fine and/or other instructions.