Information for Landlords

 

Consent To Let 

If you have a mortgage you must obtain consent from your mortgage lender. It is essential that you notify your insurance company so they may advise you of any additional cover that may be necessary. If your interest in the property is leasehold your lease may require you to obtain consent from your landlord prior to sub letting. Additionally if the property is jointly owned it is essential that both parties agree and sign relevant documentation prior to letting out the property. It is a requirement for landlords to sign their own tenancy agreement. Therefore it is important that we are given clear instructions regarding the length of time the property will be available.  

The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) (Amendment) Regulations 1993

The above regulations were amended in 1993 and set new levels of fire resistance for domestic upholstered furniture and furnishings. It is an offence to 'supply' in the course of business any furniture that does not comply with the regulations. This includes supplying furniture as part of a residential property to be let. 
 
The regulations apply to; sofas, beds, bed-heads, children’s' furniture, garden furniture suitable for use in a dwelling, scatter cushions and pillows, stretch or loose covers for furniture or other similar items. The regulations do not apply to: curtains, carpets, bedclothes (including duvets and mattress covers)
Any furniture manufactured after March 1990 is likely to comply, but if the appropriate labels are not on the furniture, compliance is in doubt and checks should be made with the manufacturer.  

The Gas Safety (installation and use) Regulations 1998 

These regulations first came into effect on 31st October 1994 to ensure that gas appliances are properly installed and maintained in a safe condition to avoid the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning. It is the responsibility of landlords to ensure that ALL gas appliances and gas installation pipe work owned by them are checked for safety at least once a year by British Gas or a member of the Gas Safe Register for registered Gas Installers. In addition accurate records of the safety inspections and any work carried out must be kept. The current safety certificate must always be available for any tenant prior to taking occupation of a property.
 
Faulty equipment can lead to death and a conviction of unlawful killing on a landlord. Under the regulations any appliance that does not conform can be disconnected.  

The Electrical Equipment (Safety) regulations 1994 

The above regulations impose an obligation on a landlord to ensure that all electrical appliances left as part of a let property are safe. Cabling, fuses and plugs should also be inspected and replaced where necessary to the correct rating for that particular appliance.
 
Other legislation covering electrical installations is currently in force and we strongly recommend that all appliances are regularly checked and serviced.  

The landlord and Tenant Act 1985 section 11 

A Landlord must maintain and keep in repair the structure and exterior of the property including drains gutters and external pipes. To keep in repair and proper working order the installations in the property for the supply of water, gas and electricity and for sanitation including sinks, basins, baths and sanitary conveniences.  

Tenancy Deposit Regulation 

From 6 April 2007, when a tenant pays a tenancy deposit for an assured shorthold tenancy to a private landlord or letting agent, the deposit must be protected by a tenancy deposit scheme.