Attention Landlords! I’m sure you’re all aware of your responsibilities for your rental property but just in case you’re a first time landlord, our good friends at ProClean Team (London’s end of tenancy cleaning superstars!) have put together a list of your list of your legal obligations:
- Gas Safety – The Gas Safety Regulations 1998 require that all landlords keep in good maintenance and condition all gas appliances, flues and pipes. As the landlord you’re responsible for making sure this happens.
- Electricity – Landlords must comply both with the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 and the Plugs and Sockets etc. (Safety) Regulations 1994. Any records relating to electrical safety need to be filed for safe keeping.
- Repairs & Maintenance – The Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 states that the landlord is legally responsible to keepthe property in good repair.
- EPCs – Landlords are obliged to provide tenants with a proof of Energy Performance Certificate.
- Legionella Risk Assessment – Landlords are obliged to perform a Legionella Risk Assessment on each of their properties at recommended intervals of 2 years, or whenever the risk is said to have ‘changed’.
- Fire Safety – You must follow fire safety regulations, i.e. ensure your tenants haveaccess to escape routes at all times, ensure all furniture and furnishings you supply with thetenancy are fire safe and provide fire alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and extinguishers (extinguishers only legally required if your property is an HMO,i.e. House in Multiple Occupation).
- Smoke Alarm Regulations – A smoke alarm (to new Government standards -10 year battery operated units) must be installed on every storey with a room used as accommodation.
- Carbon Monoxide Detector Regulations – Any properties occupied under a tenancy must have carbon monoxide alarms in any rooms which are used as living accommodation and contain a solid fuel burning appliance. This includes wood burning stoves, open fires, and solid fuel cookers in a kitchen.
- ‘Right to Rent’ Immigration Check – In accordance with the Immigration Act 2014, a landlord who lets property in England must conduct checks to establish whether a person has the right to rent. You must check ALL new tenants, not just those you think are not British Citizens.
- ‘How to Rent’ Guide – As part of the Deregulation Act 2015, landlords in England must now provide new tenants with ‘prescribed information’ that makes them aware of their rights and responsibilities as a tenant. Thisinformation is contained in a single Government pamphlet entitled ‘How to Rent’, which you can find by going to this link.