Regulations

Gas safety certificate

A Landlord Gas Safety Certificate is a legal requirement that needs to be in place prior to the start of a tenancy. This inspection has to be carried out by a Gas Safe Registered plumber and must be carried out every 12 months. This can be organised by Ashford Lettings

Energy performance certificate

As from 1 October 2008, all rental properties must have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) in place if offering a new Tenancy on a property. A copy of the EPC must be made available for potential Tenants no later than when a viewing is conducted, or before entering into a contract to let. It is the Landlord's responsibility for ensuring there is an EPC available. Ashford Lettings can arrange for an EPC to be carried out for you if requested.

Electrical safety

If you are letting a property you must ensure that electrical systems and appliances are safe - failure to comply with the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 and The Consumer Protection Act 1987 is a criminal offence and Tenants may sue you for civil damage. Your property insurance may also be invalid. These regulations are enforced by the Health & Safety Executive. There is no statutory to have annual safety checks on electrical equipment as there is with gas, but it is advisable to Landlords to have periodic checks done by a qualified electrician.

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms

It was announced on 11th March 2015 that new legislation will come into force on the 1st October 2015 (subject to Parliamentary approval), all Landlords will be required by law to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties in England. These alarms should meet the relevant European and British Standards.

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide alarms need to be in place prior to the start of any tenancy.

It will be a Landlords responsibility to maintain these alarms throughout any tenancy.