When preparing your property to let, or indeed while tenants are in situ, it is essential to adhere to the requirements below and ensure your rental property meets the required standards. In Between Lets can help with all of these items, so feel free to call us to arrange to have any of these tasks carried out.
|EPC||With effect from 1st October 2008, the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive came into effect across the private rented sector. As a result, all residential rental properties must have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for tenants to view prior to signing a Tenancy Agreement. An EPC tells you how energy efficient the property is and includes recommendations as to how the property’s energy efficiency may be improved. EPCs have to be renewed every ten years.|
|GAS SAFETY||Under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, landlords must have all gas appliances, pipework, fittings and flues checked every year by a Gas Safe registered engineer, for which they will be issued a Gas Safety Certificate.|
|ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT||There are many regulations covering household electrics, however, you aren’t required by law to get your electrical supply and appliances checked but it is good practice to have a Portable Appliance Test (PAT) for all the electrical appliances in your property before you let it.|
|FURNITURE & 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 is illegal to provide furnishings that don’t 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, but we would recommend having them fitted (one on each floor). Battery-powered smoke alarms are cheap and easy to fit and save lives (and your property!) but must be tested regularly.|