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Safety Regulations & Responsibilities
As a landlord you have specific legal obligations and responsibilities and it is extremely important that you are aware of what they are as failure to comply can lead to heavy fines or even a prison sentence. We are here to protect you and to make sure all the safety requirements are completed before we move anyone into your property.
We will make sure our properties with gas appliances will be compliant with the gas safety regulations at all times. We will make sure that pipe work, appliances and flues provided for tenants are maintained in a safe condition. We will arrange your gas safety checks with a Gas Safe Engineer every year to ensure your are compliant. We will make sure our tenants are given a copy of the gas safety record within 28 days or before the move in date and also make sure they know where to turn off the gas in the event of an emergency.
Before renting your property you must ensure that all electrical appliances and fittings within the property are safe and work correctly before moving any tenants in. Unlike gas regulations, there are no laws that say you have to have a Electrical Safety Certificate for standard private sector rentals (It is highly recommended) . However, should any of your electrical appliances or fittings within your rental property cause any harm to a Tenant you could be held liable. When letting your property you must ensure that all electrical systems and all appliances supplied are safe as if you fail to comply with the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 and The Consumer Protection Act 1987 you could face imprisonment or a substantial fine. As a responsible safety concious company Belvoir insist that an electrical check and PAT test must be completed prior to letting out any property.
Furniture and other Furnishings
We will ensure any Furniture or furnishings supplied in our rental accommodation must also comply with The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988. If you decide to let your residential property fully or partially furnished we will make sure that the furniture and any other furnishings you have provided meet the current safety regulations, if you fail to do so this could result in heavy fines or imprisonment. If you have covered furniture with throws or blankets ,particularly if they are older or second hand they could increase the risk of a fire in the property and often produce toxic and poisonous gasses such as carbon monoxide or cyanide when burnt (We will also check this prior to letting our properties). Any furniture that does not comply must be removed prior to letting the property and not kept in the loft or the garage.
Energy Performance Certificates
The more energy efficient the property is the more attractive this will be to any potential tenants. Energy Performance Certificates, otherwise known as an EPC, provides energy ratings for all residential properties, showing its energy efficiency and its environmental impact on a scale from A-G (A is the most efficient and G the least efficient). The EPC also contains recommended ways to improve the property’s energy performance. The Landlord is legally obligated to provide their Tenants with a certificate, this remains valid for ten years. All homes that are bought,sold or rented must have an EPC prior to marketing the property as this needs to appear on all marketing documentation . Prospective tenants also have the right to see the EPC before agreeing to let a property.
Call our Managing Director Mansoor Akram - 07736355515
Or send him an email - Mansoor.Akram@Belvoir.co.uk