All rented properties must have safe electrical equipment, which includes electrical sockets. If the property you are interested in was constructed after June 1992, it is required to have a smoke alarm on every floor.
All furniture and furnishings must comply with fire safety regulations. You should ask the landlord to remove anything that does not meet these standards. These regulations do not cover furniture, carpets and curtains manufactured prior to 1950.
The gas supply and any gas appliances must be safely maintained and should be checked yearly by a qualified engineer. Your landlord should give you a copy of the official safety record. All water supply and waste removal pipes must be kept in good working order.
Your landlord must give you a contact address in the UK that you can call if there are any problems with the rented accommodation. If you are sharing with others, make sure that everyone has details of the contact address.
External maintenance and all repairs are the responsibility of the landlord, so it is important for you to be able to make contact when necessary. It is your responsibility to abide by the terms of the lease and not misuse the property.
When you are living in a rented flat or house, you will generally be required to pay the following bills :
The landlord cannot enter your home without your permission, except in an emergency. If your landlord needs access to the property for routine repairs etc. they must give you at least 24 hours' notice.
If the landlord wants to evict you they will need to obtain a court order. You will then be given at least two months' notice and documentation stating that you are being evicted. One of the most common disputes between landlords and tenants arises over deposits. If the argument is not resolved and is taken to a county court, claims under £5,000 are directed to the small claims track.