Renting from a private landlord

Last updated: 14 December 2017

Moving in day

On the day you move into your new home, there are some tasks you should carry out to prevent problems in the future.

Your landlord needs to give you a Tenant Information Pack by the date you move in. This gives you information on your home and tenancy, and the responsibilities of you and your landlord. If they don't give you this pack, they can be fined up to £500.

Checking the inventory

When you move in, your landlord should give you an inventory. This is a list of every item in the property and its condition.

You should check the inventory as soon as possible and make sure what's written in it is accurate.

If the condition of the walls, furniture or any other equipment provided isn't the same as what's written in the inventory, you should add this information to the inventory and tell your landlord or letting agent. Taking photos as evidence will help.

You should also let your landlord or letting agent know right away if anything listed in the inventory isn't in the property, because you may be asked to replace it when you move out.

Once you're happy that the inventory is correct, both you and your landlord (or letting agent) will sign two copies – one for your records, and one for theirs.

Getting to know the property

It's a good idea to make sure you know about the property's different appliances in case there's an emergency in the future.

Ask where the stop cock (mains water), mains gas valve and trip switches (fuse box) are, in case you ever need to turn them off.

Your landlord's safety requirements

The landlord is responsible for making sure the property's appliances and utilities are all safe for you. This means they:

  • have to make sure the property has the right type of smoke alarms fitted and that they're regularly tested
  • should get a Landlord Gas Safety Record issued for the property once a year
  • should get the electrical fittings (wiring, plugs etc) checked every five years by a qualified engineer – this is called a periodic inspection report (PIR)
  • should get all the appliances checked and tested at the start of your tenancy – this is called portable appliances testing (PAT)
  • need to make sure any furniture they supply follows fire resistance requirements
Renting from a private landlord
Moving in day