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 Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1994 as amended by the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations Amendment 1996.
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.
The Energy Act 2013 (TEA 2013) came into force on the 11th March 2015 and the Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations took effect from 1st October 2015.
Under section 150 of THE 2013 you as a Landlord of the Property are required by law to install working smoke alarms on each floor with living accommodation which includes bathrooms. A Carbon Monoxide Detector must also be installed in any room which is used as living accommodation and contains a solid fuel burning combustion appliance.
Failure to comply with these regulations could result in the local authority issuing a Remedial Notice. If the local authority is satisfied that a Landlord has failed to comply with a Remedial Notice, they can impose a penalty charge which cannot exceed £5000
As part of our Management Service we will check smoke alarms at the start of each new tenancy to ensure they are in working order.
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 local letting agent can arrange for an EPC to be prepared on your behalf.
Before your property is marketed it must have a current Energy Performance Certificate. New regulations came into force on the 1st April 2018, requiring let residential property to have a minimum rating of an “E”. If below an “E” the property must be brought up to standard prior to marketing the property to let.
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 Tenancy should be protected within 30 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 registered with the Deposit Protection Service whose funds are secured with UK Government approved banks.
Kings & Co Lettings are members of:
- The Eastern Landlords Association
- Client Money Protection with Lonsdale Insurance Brokers