Lettings and Management

Landlord Responsibilities

There are legal requirements that a landlord is expected to comply with, however as your letting agent we will take care of most issues (depending on the type of service you choose).

We will consult with the landlord prior to contracting experts in however current legislation states the landlord must undertake any major repairs, address any structural or exterior problems and deal with most other property matters. There are additional requirements which include

  • soft furnishings
  • shared housing
  • gas and electrical safety

All soft furnishings must comply with the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) Safety Regulations 1988 and be fire safety compliant. This is usually a simple matter of looking for the fire safety label on furnishings. For further information click here.

Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) require specialised legal knowledge in order to comply with changing legislation. There are different types of HMO and so distinguishing between them is important if rules are to be adhered to. Further information can be found here.

The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 states landlords must ensure that gas appliances, fixtures and chimneys are safe for tenants use and that annual safety checks are carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer. On confirmation the property complies with these regulations a CP12 (certificate) will be awarded and a copy handed to the lead tenant. For more information click here.

The Electrical Equipment and Safety Regulations state the property electrics should be checked at least once every 5 years, although regular inspections are advised to cover liability.

For more information on all the regulations click here.