LEGAL

GAS SAFETY CERTIFICATES:

If you are a landlord letting a property equipped with gas appliances you need to understand and comply with the law relating to gas safety.

If you let a property, you must make sure that pipe work, appliances and flues provided for tenants are maintained in a safe condition. You need to have a gas safety check every year. A Gas Safe registered engineer must carry out the safety check in your properties. This record confirms the Gas Appliances have been checked and are safe. We are unable to rent a property without one.

You must give your tenants a copy of the gas safety record within 28 days of it being carried out or before they move in.

You should also make sure your tenants know where to turn off the gas and what to do in the event of a gas emergency.

Remember you must keep a record of each safety check for two years

PLEASE CONTACT ADVANCE LETTINGS TO ARRANGE YOUR GAS SAFETY CERTIFICATE.

EPC (ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATES)

Since October 2008 EPC’s are a legal requirement for all properties to rent. The certificate provides energy ratings similar to what you now see on new fridge/freezers, cars etc... it provides emissions and recommendations for future improvements. EPC’s are valid 10 years.

ADVANCE LETTINGS CAN ARRANGE THIS AT A REASONABLE COST WITH ONE OF OUR MANY SUITABLE QUALIFIED ENERGY INSPECTORS.

Please note we are unable to let a property without an EPC.

THE FURNITURE & FURNISHINGS FIRE (SAFETY) REGULATIONS:

These regulations aim to improve safety by requiring all furniture and furnishings in rented properties to pass the “match & cigarette tests”. All upholstered furniture with a filling material such as sofas, chairs, pouffes and mattresses MUST HAVE A PERMANENT SEWN IN LABLE that confirms it satisfies the regulations.

Any furniture that does not bear such a label should be removed immediately and replaced with compliant furniture. Carpets and curtains are excluded and furniture manufactured before 1st January 1950 does not need to comply with the regulations, as apparently the flammable materials were not in use prior to 1950. This exempts period or antique furniture.

ELECTRICAL SAFETY:

The safety of consumer goods is controlled by the requirements of the Consumer Protection Act 1987. These requirements extend to “consumer goods” supplied in the course of business – in this case rented accommodation. The landlord is responsible for ensuring that safety rules are complied with – in particular that all electrical appliances must be safe for use. Advance Lettings recommend that all electrics and appliances are checked by a suitably qualified electrician.

SMOKE ALARMS:

The building regulations 1991 require that all properties built since June 1992 must have mains operated interlinking smoke alarms fitted on every floor. There are no such regulations for older buildings but we recommend that smoke alarms be fitted in all properties. Advance Lettings can advise on the location for each one.

Carbon Monoxide alarms:
The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide alarm (England) Regulations 2015 now require landlords to provide smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in certain rented accommodation in England from 1st October 2015.

Advance lettings can arrange for these to be fitted by an independent company at a reasonable cost.

INVENTORY:

An inventory should be carried out and a schedule of condition be prepared to avoid any dispute at the end of a tenancy.

You will need this in the event of a dispute as all of the tenancy deposit schemes will favour the tenant should one not be available.

ADVANCE LETTINGS CAN ARRANGE FOR THIS TO BE CARRIED OUT BY AN INDEPENDENT COMPANY AT A REASONABLE COST.