Rules & Regulations every landlord needs to be aware of!


legal-safety-obligationsWe appreciate that there are a raft of rules and regulations that landlords need to be aware of, so we thought it would be useful to summarise them right here:

  1. Gas Safety Record  – Carried out by a qualified Gas Safe Engineerand needs to be checked every 12 months;
  2. Electrical Regulation – Electrical devices must be safe for use and checked via installation surveys and portable appliance testing (PAT);
  3. Tenancy Deposit Scheme – Tenant’s deposits must be registered with a tenanct deposit scheme, which protects the tenant’s money and can help resolve any disputes at the end of a tenancy. There are three schemes available and you can read more about them here;
  4. Energy Performance Certificate – Required by landlords before they rent a property and must be on display when it’s being marketed. If a property doesn’t have an EPC when marketed, the landlord (and agent) risk a fine;
  5. Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarms – Regulation requires alarms to be on every floor & they must be cheked on the first day the property is let. Then it’s the responsibility of the tenant to regularly check the alarm is in working order;
  6. Furniture & Furnishing Regulations – All furnishings must comply with these and must display standard lables in prominent positions to reduce the risk of fire at the property;
  7. Legionella – Landlords have a duty of care to make sure the water supply is working properly to protect tenants from Legionella.
  8. Housing Health & Safety Rating System – Introduced as part of the Housing Act 2004, this allows local authorities to assess the condition of a property and any potential hazards with the aim of maintaining good standards in the private rented sector.
  9. Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) – Renting a property to occupants who are not a family group means that landlords need to comply with rules around HMO’s. Follow this link to read more about HMO rules.
  10. The How to Rent Guide – A new tenant should always receive a Department of Local Government and Communities How To Rent Guide at the start of their tenancy from their letting agent, which give advice about what to do before and during a let. Read more about the guide right here.

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