Legal Requirements for Rental Properties

 
We will ensure that you are aware of your legal obligations on becoming a landlord – and can help you to comply with all current relevant legislation.
 
 
Gas Safety
(Installations and Use) Regulations 1994 (amended 1996 and 1998). When you rent out your property, it is your responsibility to ensure that any gas appliances in the property and gas installation pipe work are safe for the use of the tenant. In order to ensure this, your tenant must be furnished with a record showing that a gas safety check has been carried out. The purpose of this is to safeguard against the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, and to ensure the wellbeing of the tenant and safety of the property.
 

 

 

Electrical Equipment

If you decide to leave some electrical equipment for the use of the tenant when you let your property, you must ensure it is safe and of no risk or injury to human or animal. This means that manufacturers have to insert a CE marking on packaging to confirm the appliance has been tested and is safe under the regulations. Once the appliance is 12 months old, the easiest way to ensure the safety of it, is to have a qualified NICEIC registered electrician perform a portable appliance test. This is renewable annually and can also be arranged by Concept Lettings.

 

Smoke Alarms

 

In England and Wales, the Building Regulations require all properties built after June 1992 to have a mains connected smoke alarm. Older properties should have battery operated smoke alarms.

 

Consent to let

 

If you have a mortgage you must obtain consent from your mortgage lender. If your interest in the property is leasehold, your lease may require you to obtain consent from your landlord prior to sub letting. 

 

 

 

 
Energy Performance Certificates

All properties available to let must have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) which the tenants will be given a copy of on entering the porperty. This provides an energy efficiency rating for a property, and also shows the environmental impact of the building, by indicating its carbon dioxide emissions.

 

FURTHER SAFTEY REQUIREMENT REGULATIONS

 

There are many more regulations to be aware of when letting your property especially if its furnished and these

include :

 

Glass doors, table tops and covers: Many old doors still contain thin 4mm glass and must now have safety

glass fitted or be over boarded, all tables and glass furnishings should carry a kite mark for safety or should not

remain at the property for use by the tenant.

 

Foam filled furnishings: All must comply with The Furnishings Fire Safety Regulations 1988 and if you are

unable to find the label confirming the goods comply or that you have had them independently tested they must

not remain in the property.

 

Ladders leading to children's beds: The bunk & bed safety regulations 1987. There are a number of issues

here the least of which being that children's heads are disproportionately large in relation to their body size and

ladders can pose a risk of hanging. We recommend you visit the Trading Standards website for more

information.

 

The gap width of spindled staircases: Again an issue with visiting children as well as those living in the

property.
 
For a free No Obligation Rental Valuation or to register your details for regular property updates, please contact our office on 01204 690123 or email info@conceptlettings.org.uk

 

 

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