THE LANDLORD & TENANT ACT 1985
Section 11 of The Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 requires Landlords to:
· Keep in repair the structure and exterior of the premises including drains, gutters and external pipes.
· Keep in repair and proper working order the installation for the supply of water, gas, electricity and for sanitation
· Keep in repair and proper working order the installations for space heating and water heating
GUARANTEED RENT & LEGAL PROTECTION
· References only report on past performance and circumstances do change. To combat this we offer a “HomeLet” Rent Guarantee and Legal Protection guarantee policy.
The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998
“The Gas Appliances (Installation And Use) Regulations 1998” requires all gas appliances in rented properties to be checked by a Gas Safe registered gas installer annually. Any faults found must be promptly rectified (also by a Gas Safe registered gas installer) and detailed records kept. A copy of a current inspection certificate together with evidence that remedial work (if any) has been carried out must be left at the property.
The Furniture & Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 (As Amended In 1989 And 1993)
All soft furnishings supplied must be fire retardant. The regulations apply to beds and mattresses, headboards, sofa beds, futons etc, nursery furniture, garden furniture, scatter cushions and seat pads, pillows, bean bags, loose and stretch covers for furniture. Compliant items will be labelled.
Bed bases and or mattresses should carry the label “BS 7177.”
All other soft furnishings should carry the label “CARELESSNESS CAUSES FIRE”.
The legislation may seem daunting but compliance need not be expensive. We deal with this every day on every property we let. The regulations must be taken seriously but as a professional letting agent we will guide and help you to ensure that you comply and that your property is safe.
Replacing non - compliant furnishings or electrical appliances is NOT always necessary - we let many properties without soft furnishings and or certain electrical appliances.
The installation of at least one smoke detector on every floor is recommended. Battery powered smoke detectors often cost less than £10 each and may save lives. All new homes built after June 1992 must be fitted with mains operated smoke detectors on every floor.
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. Landlords should make 'reasonable adjustments' to their property to accommodate a disabled person.
HEALTH AND SAFETY - ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATE (EPC)
As from 1st October 2008 where a dwelling is being let an Energy Performance Certificate will be required. We can arrange these in-house at very cost effective prices.