Perhaps unsurprisingly, there are numerous regulations to which landlords must adhere before renting out a property. We will provide guidance on your responsibilities under common law, but here is a summary:
Section 11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985
You must keep in repair the structure and exterior of the property including drains, gutters and external pipes. You are obliged to keep in repair and proper working order the installations in the property for the supply of water, gas and electricity and for sanitation. You are required to keep installations in the property for space heating and heating water in repair and proper working order.
The Fire and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 (Amendment) 1993
All furniture and soft furnishings provided in rented accommodation must comply with the regulations. Any items that do not comply or do not have evidence of their complying will have to be removed prior to the tenancy commencing. Certain exclusions do apply, and we can advise you of these.
The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998
All gas appliances, pipework, and meters must be inspected and certificated by a GAS SAFE registered engineer every twelve months. Compliance is vital as deaths are caused each year by the use of faulty appliances and, where no inspection has been carried out, landlords are considered responsible. Oscar Knight will arrange for our approved engineers to carry out the relevant inspections with minimum fuss and at competitive rates.
The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994
You must ensure that electrical equipment is safe and will not cause danger to your tenants, and that it satisfies the safety requirements of the 1994 Regulations. We can recommend suitably qualified electrical contractors to advise and carry out inspections where appropriate.
The Building Regulations 1991 (Smoke Alarms)
The Building Regulations 1991 insist that mains-operated smoke alarms must be fitted in all new buildings. Property built before 1992 need not comply. However Oscar Knight recommend that a battery-operated smoke alarm be fitted to every floor of a rented property, to better protect tenants and your investment.
It is a legal requirement for there to be an EPC in place before any Assured Shorthold Tenancy is entered into. Where possible we have the EPC in place when we commence marketing your property.
An EPC is a report prepared by a Domestic Energy Assessor (or DEA) on the energy efficiency / carbon footprint of a particular property, not to be confused with reports on safety of electrical or gas installations. As well as providing information on the current energy efficiency of a property, it also provides an idea of to what level and how it could be improved upon.
TIP: If you have purchased the property or let it since October 2008, you may already have an EPC, and it remains valid for 10 years. If not, we will arrange the EPC for you at very competitive rates.