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Landlord Legal Requirements

As a landlord there are some legal requirements that each property must adhere to before letting it out.

Gas safety

Each rental property must have an up to date gas safety certificate which has been carried out by a qualified gas safe engineer. This ensures that all gas equipment and appliances have been tested and are safe to use before the tenancy start date.

Electrical testing

All electrical equipment must be safe to use. We would recommend a Part P electrical engineer to carry out any testing.

Furnishing

If you’re intending to rent the property out partly or fully furnished all upholstered furniture and furnishings must comply with the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) Safety Regulations 1988 and be fire safety compliant.

If you are selling or renting a property you will require an EPC before marketing your property. This is a government scheme attempting to reduce co2 levels and to make each home more eco friendly. The document contains information about a property and how efficiently it uses energy.

An EPC gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A to G and also outline any recommendation on ways to improve the home’s energy efficiency to save money. The energy performance certificate it is valid for 10 years.

Tenancy deposit scheme.

The government introduced a scheme in 2007 whereby If you take a deposit from a tenant under an assured short hold tenant all security deposits must be protected by an approved scheme. Failure to in doing so could lead to legal complications and compensating the tenant.

We can assist and point you in the right direction to have these legal requirements adhered to, so please don’t hesitate getting in contact. If you would like to know more about our landlord service, then click here for more information.

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