Information for landlords
Our Tenancy Relations Service provides specialist advice on the rights and responsibilities of private tenants, landlords and agents. We aim to prevent homelessness and investigate allegations of harassment and illegal eviction in our private rented sector.
If you're currently experiencing any issues as a landlord with your tenants, then you can use this web form to contact us and we will endeavour to respond to you within 5 working days.
You can also find advice to the following:
- check if you need a landlord's licence
- earn money from your property
- benefits information
- help with empty properties
- Subletting an ex-council home (short term lets)
The tenant's deposit
If you're a private landlord, you can find tenancy deposit protection information on the GOV.UK website.
Tax advice from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
If you rent out property, you can find tax information below:
- get your tax right from the start - a mini tutorial explaining how property income and expenditure are treated, information about capital gains tax and inheritance tax, advice about tax return filing and paying dates, also PAYE and VAT obligations
- property rental toolkit - advice for landlords and agents to avoid the most commonly made errors in property rental tax returns
- the let property campaign - bring your tax affairs up to date if you’re letting residential property in the UK or abroad, and get the best possible terms to pay the tax you owe
The Deregulation Act
The Deregulation Act 2015 introduced a number of changes affecting tenancies created on or after 1 October 2015. This includes additional requirements for landlords, changes to when notices can be served to end tenancies and protecting tenants against retaliatory eviction.
If you're a landlord with a new tenancy that started on or after 1 October 2015, you're responsible for providing tenants with the how to rent guide.
On the same link, the government have also published a series of how to guides for the private rented sector (including How to let: a guide for current and prospective private residential landlords).
Page last updated: 28 June 2018