If you are a landlord, it is vital you know your responsibilities. Tenants expect a certain standard of service, and with the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act, landlords are under more significant pressure to deliver a high-quality home. With tenants having the ability to sue landlords if they believe the house is in poor condition or unsafe, landlords should be motivated to maintain the rental property as best they can.
Smoke alarms are vital
All landlords understand the importance of smoke alarms in rental accommodation. You must ensure that these alarms are fitted and operational for the first day of a tenancy. Landlords should also ensure that these alarms are maintained and checked regularly throughout the tenancy.
Landlords should also consider the importance of carbon monoxide alarms in rental property. Some rental properties require these alarms to be fitted, but not all, so check your requirements. However, even if you aren’t obliged to have these alarms at home, you may decide they represent a suitable investment. There is a great deal to be said for the peace of mind, for tenants and yourself, that comes with these alarms.
Gas safety is vital
If you let your rental property, you need to hold a valid gas safety certificate. This work must be undertaken by a qualified professional. Therefore, you need to hire a professional to verify your home is safe with regards to gas. This is a cost you must incur, but again, the peace of mind that comes from knowing your property is safe is welcoming for most landlords.
Is there a valid EPC at the rental property?
Your rental property likely needs to hold an Energy Performance Certificate, an EPC, at the level of E or better. If you want to let your rental accommodation, you need to keep this certificate, so hire a professional before you place your property on the market, and ensure your property meets expected standards.
If you offer a furnished property, there are standards to meet
There is a choice between providing furnished and unfurnished properties, with pros and cons associated with both options. If you let furnished property, you must ensure your property meets specific standards. The furniture must have appropriate fire-information labels, and the furniture must be fireproof.
Carry out Legionella tests
Landlords are required to carry out a risk assessment on the likelihood of Legionella exposure at their property. This is a straightforward test, but it is a vital one. The risks associated with Legionella are considerable, so landlords must ensure their properties are safe.
Retain health and safety records
It is recommended landlords retain health and safety records to verify work undertaken at the property. It is helpful to provide evidence of improvements carried out at the home, or of any certifications received at the house. Investing in a filing or storage system will make life easier for landlords.
If you are a landlord looking for assistance in letting property, contact Koopers, and we’ll be more than happy to assist you.