The law is clear that if you are a landlord and rent out your property then you have legal responsibilities to ensure the health and safety of your tenant by keeping the property safe and free from health hazards.
Before renting a property, every residential landlord must have certain checks carried out. We can help you to organise these checks.
On 30th October 2013 legislation regarding legionnaires risk assessments came into force. The Approved Code of Practice: Legionnaires’ disease: The control of Legionella bacteria in water systems (L8) states that "All systems require a risk assessment, however not all systems will require elaborate control measures. " This means that residential landlords have a legal
duty to ensure that the risk of exposure of tenants to legionella is properly assessed and controlled.
On 1 Oct 2015 the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 came into force. From that date, private rented sector landlords have been required to have at least one smoke alarm installed on every floor of their properties and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room where solid fuel is used. After that, the landlord must make sure the alarms are in working order at the start of each new tenancy.
You are legally required to have an Energy Performance Certificate if you rent out your premises. This is an assessment of how energy efficient the property is. i.e. if there is insulation, double glazing and a new boiler, the property will use less energy for heating and therefore cost less.
Landlords are legally responsible for the safety of their tenants. Landlords should make sure maintenance and annual safety checks on gas appliances are carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer. By law landlords must make sure pipework, appliances and flues provided for tenants are maintained in a safe condition, that all appliances and flues have an annual safety check, that maintenance and annual safety checks are carried out by an engineer registered with Gas Safe Register, all gas equipment (including any appliance left by a previous tenant) is safe or otherwise removed before re-letting, a gas safety record is provided to the tenant within 28 days of completing the check or to any new tenant before they move in and they keep a copy of the gas safety record for two years.
Gas and oil boilers and electrical cylinders all require an annual service to ensure that they are running efficiently and correctly. These can accompany the Gas Safety Certificate but are not usually part of the check.
Landlords are required by law to ensure that the electrical installation in a rented property is safe when tenants move in and maintained in a safe condition throughout its duration. We recommend that a periodic inspection and test is carried out by a registered electrician on your rental properties at least every five years. Any appliance provided must be safe and have at least the CE marking (which is the manufacturer’s claim that it meets all the requirements of European law).
To meet these requirements a landlord will need to regularly carry out basic safety checks to ensure that the electrical installation and appliances are safe and working.
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