Caerphilly Council’s Equalities and Welsh Language team produced a guidance and information document to help landlords better understand their tenants:
Setting up a tenancy correctly from day 1 – Advice from Mike Morgan, TDS Director of Dispute Resolution
The government has a model tenancy agreement for assured shorthold tenancies.
- Model tenancy agreement for an assured shorthold tenancy
- Tenancy Agreements – A Guide for Landlords from the Government
- Forms for Assured Tenancies – The Government website provides copies of the forms needed when taking actions which affect the other party to the agreement
The importance of inventories – Advice from Mike Morgan, TDS Director of Dispute Resolution
It is extremely important to have a good inventory to avoid problems at the end of the tenancy.
Accredited inventory clerks can be found here:
- Association of Professional Inventory Providers (APIP)
- Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC)
Advice from the Tenancy Deposit Scheme on how to approach inventories:
Tips for happy deposit protection – Ben Beadle, TDS
Cleaning is the most common reason for disputes over tenancy deposits – Mike Morgan, TDS Director of Dispute Resolution
Tenancy Deposit Protection
By law, landlords must protect deposits on assured shorthold tenancies in a government approved scheme such as TDS.
There are accreditation schemes for landlords across the country. Find out about the schemes in your area through the ANUK Accreditation Network UK, Regional directory.
A number of professional bodies exist to promote best practice in the private rented sector:
- Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
- Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA)
- National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA)
- National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS)
- The Law Society
The SAFE Agent mark can be displayed by letting agents who protect tenant and landlord money through client money protection schemes.