Landlord Manual


Welcome to the Landlord Manual third edition. This manual has been developed to assist private sector landlords and agents with the basic information needed to manage rented accommodation.

Please see current guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities in the context of Coronavirus (Covid-19)

COVID-19 and renting: guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities

Works to remedy Category 1 hazards

  • Works specified in HHSRS works agreements and improvement notices should be carried out in accordance with the specified timescales, having regard to The Guidance for Landlords and Tenants

  • Contractors, agents and landlords to take precautions to avoid virus transmission and include in health and safety risk assessments and action plans

  • If you have any concerns about compliance with work that we have asked you to carry out and which should have been completed during the Covid-19 crisis, please contact the housing standards duty officer. 

Waste and rats

We are aware that many lettings have been vacated quickly and tenants may not have removed rubbish, in particular food waste, which could encourage rats and mice. We urge you to liaise with your tenants to see, if this is the case, and where possible, arrange for food waste to be properly disposed of.    

Gas and electrical safety

Where gas safety and electrical certificates become due, these should be arranged, subject to above guidance to prevent transmission.  Many student properties in Bath are now empty and would be safe to work in, however appropriate notice should be given to tenants prior to access.  Please see page 19 of The Guidance for Landlords and Tenants.

Please see below Guidance on social distancing

Guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK 

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