We appreciate that there are a raft of rules and regulations that landlords need to be aware of, so we thought it would be useful to summarise. Well here are the landlord rules to apply by:
- Gas Safety Record – carries out by a qualified Gas Safe Engineerand needs to be checked every 12 months;
- Electrical Regulation – Electrical devices must be safe for use and checked via installation surveys and portable appliance testing (PAT);
- Tenancy Deposit Scheme – Tenant’s deposits must be registered with a tenanct deposit scheme, which protects the tenant’s money and can help resolve any disputes at the end of a tenancy. There are three schemes available and you can read more about them here;
- Energy Performance Certificate – Required by landlords before they rent a property and must be on display when it’s being marketed. If a property doesn’t have an EPC when marketed, the landlord (and agent) risk a fine;
- Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarms – Regulation requires alarms to be on every floor & they must be cheked on the first day the property is let. Then it’s the responsibility of the tenant to regularly check the alarm is in working order;
- Furniture & Furnishing Regulations – All furnishings must comply with these and must display standard lables in prominent positions to reduce the risk of fire at the property;
- Legionella – Landlords have a duty of care to make sure the water supply is working properly to protect tenants from Legionella.
- Housing Health & Safety Rating System – Introduced as part of the Housing Act 2004, this allows local authorities to assess the condition of a property and any potential hazards with the aim of maintaining good standards in the private rented sector.
- Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) – Renting a property to occupants who are not a family group means that landlords need to comply with rules around HMO’s. Follow this link to read more about HMO rules.
- The How to Rent Guide – A new tenant should always receive a Department of Local Government and Communities How To Rent Guide at the start of their tenancy from their letting agent, which give advice about what to do before and during a let. Read more about the guide right here.
So now you know landlord rules and how crucial they can be. I hope this knowledge on landlord rules can help you progress as good landlords for your tenants and provide them the best service.
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