There are currently over 140 laws that affect landlords and to help you through them all, here’s a useful guide to some of the latest ones.
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms
This safety legislation came into effect in October 2015. It is now mandatory for all rented properties to be fitted with smoke alarms on each floor and carbon monoxide alarms in any room where solid fuel is being burnt. This applies to all tenancies that were created prior to October 2015. Roebucks can provide and install these alarms. Contact us for further information.
Gas Safety Certificate
A Landlord Gas Safety Record is required by law on every property with a gas connection. It must be completed every 12 months without elapsing. It will detail exactly what checks the engineer has carried out and if the appliances checked meet the appropriate safety standards. Roebucks can arrange a certificate via Gas Safe registered engineers. Contact us for further information.
Landlords are responsible for ensuring that the electrics in their property are safe and in good working order. Roebucks recommend that all our landlords to get an electrical condition Report, depending on the age of the property. Old fuse boards and poor earth bonding are typical issues. Roebucks have a number of qualified electricians who can inspect and provide a report. Contact us for further information.
Right to Rent Checks
Under the Immigration Act 2014, all landlords have a responsibility to check that their tenant has a legal right to reside and work in the UK. As part of our detailed vetting of tenants, we carry out this check at the start of every tenancy to make sure that our landlords are covered.
Energy Performance Certificates
Every tenanted property must have an Energy Performance Certificate with a minimum rating of E. From April this year tenants now have the right to request energy efficiency improvements to their properties. Roebucks can arrange EPCs for landlords. Contact us for further information.