As a landlord, you have certain responsibilities that must be adhered to, here are some of the legal duties required under the following legislations:
Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations Act 1988
All landlords who let property are subject to this Gas Safety Act. All gas appliances that are connected need to be checked and certified annually by a qualified ‘Gas Safe’ engineer.
Smoke Alarm & Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015
A landlord must supply a smoke alarm on every habitable floor of the property and have a Carbon Monoxide Detector if you have any solid fuel burning appliances.
The Energy Performance of Buildings (England & Wales) Regulations 2016
It is a requirement under the Housing Act Law that an agent or landlord must be able to provide a prospective tenant or purchaser with an EPC. We are therefore unable to market your property without an EPC. If you would like us to arrange an EPC for you, then please do let us know. An EPC shows a record of the energy efficiency levels and CO2 emissions of a building, by using a standard table from A to G (A being very efficient, G being very inefficient).
The Health and Safety at Work (etc) Act 1974
Letting Agents and Landlords have a responsibility for assessing the risk of Legionnaires Disease in the property, which is a pneumonia like illness caused by the Legionella Bacteria and can be fatal. You are obliged by law to carry out risk assessments for Legionnaire’s Disease, and if necessary, take action. Most rented premises will be low risk but it is important that risk assessments are carried out and control measures introduced if needed.
Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994
Electrical wiring and appliances have to be declared safe by a qualified electrician and you will need to provide us with a copy of the Electrical Safety Certificate. It is likely to become law as of 1st April 2017 and therefore should automatically be carried out.
An NICEIC qualified electrician must carry out an Electrical Safety Check on your property at least every 5 years.
Furniture and Furnishing (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988.
We advise you to let your property unfurnished as most tenants will prefer to bring their own furniture. If you do decide to let your property furnished or part furnished all soft furnishings, upholstery or upholstered furnishings such as sofas, arm chairs and mattresses must conform and comply with this regulation.
If we manage your property or properties then we can arrange the above on your behalf by using qualified local tradesman saving you time and effort.
As a licensed member of ARLA (Association of Residential Lettings) we are constantly updated with new legislation that may affect landlords and tenants. Part of the reason that landlords instruct us to manage their investment properties is because we can notify them of any change that may occur and that may affect their investment.