Legal and Safety Regulations for Letting Your Property
Gas Safety Certificate
If you have any gas appliances in your property you are legally required to have these tested annually under the
(Installation and Use) Regulations 1994 as amended by the
Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations Amendment 1996.
Electrical equipment – There is no current legal requirement to have the electrical supply and appliances checked.
However, there are lots of regulations covering electrics and you do have a duty of care to your tenant.
It is good practice to arrange for a portable appliance test (PAT) for all the electrical appliances in your property before you let it.
Furniture and furnishings – To minimise the risk of fire, the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988
set out requirements for soft furnishings, such as cushions, beds, sofas and pillows. It's illegal to provide furnishings that do not comply.
Smoke alarms – All properties built after 1991 must be fitted with mains-powered smoke alarms. For older houses, the rules are less clear-cut,
so the best advice we can give is to get them fitted without question. Smoke alarms are cheap and are easy to fit – and they save lives and your property!
Energy Performance Certificate
From October 1 2008, the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive became effective across the private rented sector.
This legislation states that all residential rental properties must have a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for tenants to view before contracts are signed.
EPC tells you and the prospective tenant/s how energy efficient your property is; the impact the property has on the environment and includes
recommendations on ways to improve the property's energy efficiency. The EPC must be made available to all prospective tenants. Your Winkworth letting agent can arrange
for an EPC to be prepared on your behalf.
This legislation only applies to properties entering the market from October 1 2008 and does not apply to existing tenancy agreements or to tenancy renewals.
As part of the Housing Act 2004 the Government introduced tenancy deposit protection for all assured shorthold tenancies (ASTs) in England and Wales where a deposit is taken.
From April 6th 2007, all deposits paid under an Assured Shorthold Tenacny should be protected within 14 calendar days of receipt by the landlord.
The legislation aims to ensure that tenants who have paid a deposit to a landlord or letting agent and are entitled to receive all or part of it back at the end of
that tenancy, actually get it.
Kings & Co are registed with the Deposit Protection Service whose funds are secured with UK Government approved banks.
The Property Ombudsman (TPS) scheme provide a free, fair and independent service for dealing with unresolved disputes between registered agents and tenants or landlords of property in the UK. The TPO is a member of the British and Irish Ombudsman Association and follows the standards and rules of the Association. The Ombudsman is totally independent of TPO registered agents and reports directly to the TPO Council, which has a majority of non-industry members.