Rights as a UK landlord
As a landlord you’ll need to get to grips with a number of rules and regulations as well as legislative changes which can affect a tenancy and the letting of a property. Many landlords opt for a fully managed service taking this burden away. All staff at Simon Clarke have an extensive understanding on the rules and regulations and we are up to date with any changes to landlord and tenant law. There are many legal aspects of letting and property management but below we have highlighted the key points you must follow:
Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)
EPC’s are needed whenever a property is rented. As a landlord you must order an EPC for potential tenants before you market your property to rent.
EICRs (Electrical Inspection Condition Reports)
All tenancy agreements from April 2021 shall require an EICR. The EICR will need to be served on the tenant and the commencement of the tenancy
Gas Safety Regulations
The law (Gas Safety (Installation and use) regulations 1998) states that a current gas safety record must be produced and given to a tenant before they move in.
Furniture & furnishings fire safety Regulations
The regulations state that the soft furnishings made or re-upholstered must meet safety standards and be labelled as such. The regulations covers items such as Beds, headboards, mattresses and bed-bases, Sofa beds and futons, Sofas, armchairs and footstools, if they contain upholstery (soft coverings)
Electrical Equipment and Safety Regulations
The Electrical Equipment and Safety Regulations say you must ensure that the electrics are safe, with operating instructions and safety notices supplied before a letting commences. Get your electrics regularly checked by a qualified electrician.
Portable appliance testing (PAT)
Portable appliance testing (PAT) is the term used to describe the examination of electrical appliances and equipment to ensure they are safe to use.
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations (2015)
From the 1 October 2015 landlords will have to ensure that a smoke alarm is fitted on every floor of their property where there is a room used wholly or partly as living accommodation. Landlords will also have to put a carbon monoxide alarm in any room where a solid fuel is burnt, such as wood, coal or biomass and includes open fires. It does not include gas, oil or LPG.
You must put any deposit paid by the tenant in a government-approved tenancy deposit protection scheme if you have an assured shorthold tenancy. The schemes are; Deposit Protection Service (Custodial and Insured), MyDeposits, Tenancy Deposit Scheme. You must put your deposit in any of the above schemes within 30 days of the deposit being paid. Simon Clarke are members of the TDS and can offer deposit protection. Please talk to a member of staff for further information.
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