As a landlord, you must meet current letting law and legislation; please read the following information to familiarise yourself with it:
The Gas Safety (installation and use) Regulations 1994
The Gas Safety Regulations 1994 cover all gas appliances and pipe work installed in let properties. All landlords must ensure that such appliances and pipe work are maintained in safe condition. Landlords must ensure that each appliance is checked at least once every twelve months by a Gas Safe-registered engineer, and a Gas Safety certificate must be supplied and be available to pass onto the tenant at the start of and during a tenancy.
Energy Performance Certificates (EPC)
Landlords are legally obliged to have an EPC before exchange of contracts on a property for rent or sale, which Guardian can arrange.
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.
We look forward to hearing from you; please contact us on 01279 635685, or use the contact form on this site. Please also take the time to view our landlord pack, which may be of some assistance with any further queries.