What Information Are Landlords Obliged To Give To Tenants?

Mark Cummings

At the start of a residential tenancy, if a landlord takes a deposit from the tenant, it must be deposited in a recognised tenant deposit scheme.

Where such a deposit is taken, there is also a requirement upon the landlord to provide the tenant with prescribed information.

Following the enactment of the Deregulation Act 2015 the the landlord should provide the tenant with the following:

  • Within 30 days of the commencement of the tenancy, prescribed information relating to the tenancy deposit scheme. A failure so to do may lead to a fine and a breach of the Housing Act 2014.
  • Copies of gas certificates, energy performance certificates, as required by regulation.
  • The government's leaflet dealing with “how to rent”.

If the landlord ever wants to give the tenant notice pursuant to Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988, which is known as a “no fault” eviction, their ability to do so may be affected if they haven't provided the tenant with the prescribed information.

At Samuels Solicitors LLP, we regularly act on behalf of both landlords and tenants in circumstances when Section 21 Notices have been served and the relevant prescribed information has not been provided. We are therefore able to provide advice from both the landlord's and tenant's perspective.  

If you are a landlord or a tenant who is affected by the rent deposit scheme, or prescribed information, contact us for specialist advice.