Checklist for letting out property and new clauses in AST?

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    Checklist for letting out property and new clauses in AST?

    I am preparing documents for a new tenancy.

    I know the laws and regulations keep changing. Is there a check-list for thing I need to comply with. I am usually up to day, but I am worried if I miss something. E.g. Gas cert, EPC, Inventory, Right to Rent, Deposit etc....

    I also have a AST, which I re-use. ALthough, the last time I used it was 4 years ago. I have updated this, from time to time. Are there any clauses I need to updated? E.g. GDPR

    #2
    How to rent guide, published by the gov. Look through this as it has all the information you require, also you need to supply this document to the tenants.

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      #3
      Dont rely on an old AST or on your own presumably amateur drafting to "update" it. You could join a landlords assiciation and use their model documents or use the free Government model agreement or even pay for a new one.

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        #4
        Join & do intro course wwith either RLA or NLA. Will save you more than they cost. You'll then realise it ain't as simple as a checklist.

        You'll have access to ALL their documents, including updated AST etc etc etc
        I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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          #5
          Originally posted by DPT57 View Post
          use the free Government model agreement
          The beauty of using this agreement is that it contains a decent checklist and guide to its completion.
          When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
          Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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            #6
            Originally posted by DPT57 View Post
            Dont rely on an old AST or on your own presumably amateur drafting to "update" it. You could join a landlords assiciation and use their model documents or use the free Government model agreement or even pay for a new one.
            My AST was based on one the landlords association, but over the years, I have added many clauses over time.

            Many of these model agreements are deficient in real life situations. I had a tenant not paying the rent, he was three months over. He told us he was sick and was in hospital. He had no money. I had a clause to say, I can contact his employers and referees in the event of no rent payment and no contact. I wanted to confirm he had a job and was genuinely on sick leave. When I phoned the tenant his was off, but the voicemail would go to Thailand!.



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              #7
              Originally posted by jpkeates View Post
              The beauty of using this agreement is that it contains a decent checklist and guide to its completion.
              That checklist has a fault on it. It does not include list to give the tenant a copy of the License (if needed).

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                #8
                Originally posted by Flashback1966 View Post
                had a clause to say, I can contact his employers and referees in the event of no rent payment and no contact. I wanted to confirm he had a job and was genuinely on sick leave.
                You should remove that clause, it's probably not legal and it's unenforceable (the employer definitely shouldn't give out that information).

                Originally posted by Flashback1966 View Post
                That checklist has a fault on it. It does not include list to give the tenant a copy of the License (if needed).
                What license?

                The document says "[ ] I have printed out copies of the agreement for myself and my tenant(s)."

                Logically you shouldn't amend a document when you've already handed a copy of it to the other party, so you can't have a checklist including "given a copy of this document to the tenant" check box, as it won't be in the tenant's copy, or wouldn't have been accurate if it was.


                When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
                Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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                  #9
                  Many clauses added by landlords may be unenforceable and may cause more problems than if they werent present at all. A classic example is amending a clause which says 'no pets without the permission of the landlord which will not be unreasonably witheld' to just say 'no pets'. The former allows the landlord to say no and give reasons. The latter is probably unenforceable. If youre confused about the documents then it sounds like you would benefit from joining one of the associations in many ways

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