Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) – An EPC is required for all residential properties when let. The EPC provides details on the energy performance of the property and what you can do to improve it. Provision of an EPC can be arranged with our own Energy Assessor.
Gas Safety Regulations – All gas appliances within the property have to be tested and approved by a Gas Safe Registered engineer, following the inspection the engineer will issue a Gas Safety Certificate. This certificate is a legal requirement and must be updated every 12 months or on change of occupancy. Failure to comply with this legislation is a criminal offence and will result in prosecution. We can arrange the gas safety check for you.
Heating and Hot Water installations – Under Section 11 of the Landlord and Tenanct Act 1985, Landlords are legally responsible for ensuring the safety, working and servicing of all heating and hot water installations. Although the wording can seem ambiguous, this also refers to and is not limited to open fires, Rayburns, Agas, coal and wood burning stoves. This responsibility includes all flues and ventilation, therefore under this Act, it is the Landlord’s responsibility to have all chimneys swept annually in a rental property. We know many Landlords who believe that if the tenant uses the fire, they should be liable but unfortunately the landlord cannot contract out of this responsibility. Even if a tenancy agreement were reworded to state that a tenant is responsible, this would not stand up in the courts. Given that a chimney fire could potentially cause considerable damage to a property, it should give Landlord’s peace of mind to know that a chimney is being regularly cleaned and inspected. We can arrange this for you.
Smoke and CO2 Alarms – From 1st October 2015, each floor of a rental property must have a working smoke alarm and living spaces with solid fuel appliances must have carbon monoxide alarms. Smoke and Carbon Monoxide alarms should be tested and working on the first day of the tenancy.
Electrical Equipment Regulations – We advise that electrical wiring and portable appliances (items with a plug) should be checked by a NICEIC Part P Registered Domestic Electrical Contractor. Although this isn’t law, it is still the landlord’s responsibility to ensure that the electrics in the property are safe at the start of the tenancy. We can take care of this for you.
Furnished or unfurnished? The amount of rental income between furnished or unfurnished property is generally minimal. It is generally accepted that carpets and light fittings are always included in a let. Any upholstered furniture left in the property during the tenancy must comply with the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) (Amendment) regulations 1993. All upholstered furniture must carry the correct labels to comply with the regulations.
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