If the property you are letting has a gas supply, it is imperative that you obtain gas safety certificates for all the relevant appliances, such as the boiler and gas oven before any prospective tenants move in. A Gas Safe registered heating engineer will check your gas appliances and issue you and your tenant with the correct paperwork. This must updated annually and as your acting agent, we will arrange this for you and keep the certificate on file.
Since October 2008, it has also been mandatory to provide tenants with an (EPC) Energy Performance Certificate. To get one of these, you’ll need to contact an accredited Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA), which you can find by searching online or in the Yellow Pages.
You can let your property unfurnished, or furnished. Most Landlord choose to go unfurnished for ease, but if you will be providing furniture, you must be aware that all soft furnishings, including beds, sofas, cushions and upholstered chairs, must be non-flammable – and will need to have the ‘Furniture and Furnishings’ (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988′ labels to prove it.
You must also:
- Keep the structure and exterior of the property in a good state of repair
- Ensure that hot water installations, water supply, washbasins, sinks, baths, showers, toilets etc are safe and fit for use
- Provide adequate lighting, heating and ventilation
- Treat any health-threatening damp
- Repair and maintain any areas or installations, which you own or control
- Ensure that all gas appliances are maintained in good order, and pay for an annual check/service from a Gas Safe approved tradesman. You must also ensure the tenant receives a copy of the safety certificate
- Ensure that any and all electrical appliances provided with the property are safe to use.Be able to verify that all new furniture complies with regulatory levels of fire resistance as set down in Furniture and Furnishings (Fire Safety) Regulations 1988
These regulations will apply whenever the primary use of the property is as a source of income. Failure to comply with these regulations in the past has resulted in death and severe injury with negligent landlords receiving jail sentences for manslaughter.