There are over 400 rules and regulations, governed by over 160 laws, to protect tenants, landlords and letting agents. If a property doesn’t meet the legislative condition requirements, or repairs are required but not carried out, a tenant can complain to the local authority housing officer and can even take the landlord (and agent) to court.
A let property has to have an Energy Performance Certificate (this lasts ten years), an annual gas safety and, for new lets in England, an Electrical Installation Condition Report (every five years) too. Properties must be warm and free of damp, broken windows must be repaired, and fences and stairs or steps must be safe.
If the property is a House in Multiple Occupation, the rules are stricter and include meeting additional fire regulations
which cover any furnishings provided. A property may also require licensing with the local authority, each of which
is allowed to introduce its own bespoke rules. In some locations, even a studio let may need a licence.