As a landlord, you must meet current letting law and legislation; please read the following information to familiarise yourself with it:
Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations 1998
The Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations 1998 place a statutory duty on Landlords to ensure every gas installation, appliance, fitting and flue provided by the Landlord for the Tenant’s use in a rented property is safe. Landlords are responsible for the maintenance, servicing, and carrying out of annual gas safety checks, all of which must be carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer. A copy of the gas safety record must be provided to the Tenant. Please contact our office for further details.
There is no law (as with gas) that stipulates an electrical safety record must be carried out, however there are a number of regulations, as well as Landlord’s common law duty of care, that require all electrical equipment to be safe and in good working order, both at the start of a tenancy and for the entire duration of the tenancy. Accidents do occur around the home involving electrical faults or the misuse of electrical installations/appliances. However, with proper management and maintenance of the electrical equipment, these risks can be minimised and the Tenant’s safety assured. Please contact our office for further details.
Furniture & furnishings regulation
Furniture and upholstered furniture supplied by the Landlord must comply with the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire)(Safety) Regulations 1988 as amended by Regulations made in 1989 and 1993. These regulations are UK law and ensure that all furniture and soft furnishings supplied by the Landlord at rental properties, meet relevant requirements regarding ignition, fire safety, and labelling. All items of furniture in the property which are classed as soft furnishings must be checked for fire labels by the Landlord and agent, and should labels not be in place, the item of furniture must be removed from the property prior to the tenant moving in. Please contact our office for further details.
Energy Performance Certificates (EPC)
The EPC consists of a graph that displays the property’s current and future energy efficiency and CO2 emissions within an ‘A-G’ scale, together with a Recommendations Report with optional, future energy efficiency measures.
To produce the EPC, a Domestic Energy Assessor will need to visit the property to carry out a survey. All our EPCs are produced by Essex-based company: Performance Energy Surveyors
The following information on letting law and legislation will help landlords meet current regulations:
Tenant deposit scheme
In accordance with the Housing Act, all Agents and Landlords that hold their tenant's deposit must be a member of a deposit protection scheme by law. Shortly after the tenants move into the property, we will send them a certificate confirming their deposit is protected, giving an individual membership code.
We will arrange to meet the tenant at the property on the final day of the tenancy to carry out the Final Inspection. At this time the inventory which was taken at the commencement of the tenancy, plus any additions which may have occurred during the tenancy, will be re-checked.
The Final Inspection will be done at a time when all the tenant’s belongings have been removed and the property has been cleaned. Guardian will always advise you when the Final Inspection is booked, allowing you to attend the appointment if possible. Allowances will be made for normal wear and tear, however should there be any discrepancies over and above this, these can be discussed between all parties immediately. This may involve a deduction from the deposit. In the majority of cases, The Dispute Service does not need to be involved at the end of the tenancy, as we much prefer to negotiate any deductions from the deposit to the satisfaction of both yourself and the tenant, ensuring the swiftest possible distribution of the tenant’s deposit.
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