Landlords

We maintain a flexible attitude, and are generally able to adapt our service to meet our client's individual circumstances and needs.

Management

If you currently own or intend to purchase residential property you should consider our property management service. You'll find it both professional and cost-effective. As specialists, we know how to manage property for optimum performance, whilst ensuring smooth running tenancies and compliance with the various landlord/tenant laws. Maximise the return on your investment.

A pre-tenancy checklist should help you make sure you've ticked all the right boxes before you make the next step in letting your property.

For more information on our services please call us or complete our contact form.

LANDLORDS LEGAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Gas and Electrical Safety

The law requires that all appliances are safe and strongly recommends that everything should be independently tested, on a regular basis, particularly at the point at which the property becomes available to let. We recommend only fully qualified contractors to carry out electrical and gas safety checks and will happily handle this on your behalf. Failure to comply with regulations can result in hefty fines and in some extreme cases, imprisonment.
The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 and The Plugs and Sockets etc. (Safety) Regulations 1994 state that supplying unsafe appliances is an offence. In the event of an accident involving electricity the landlord must be able to demonstrate that the supply and appliances are safe. This can only be done if they have been independently tested.
The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 state that all let and managed properties must be tested annually for safety. Only Gas Safe registered businesses with Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) qualified engineers are authorised to carry out work on gas appliances and piping.

Fire and Furnishings Regulations

Since 1st January 1997, all furniture provided in furnished rented accommodation – houses, flats, bedsits - must meet the fire resistance requirements of the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1998.
The regulations apply to any of the following upholstered items:

The regulations do not apply to:

We cannot let any property containing non-compliant furniture. All items must carry a permanent label as proof that items are compliant with the regulations. If you need help, your Reeds Rains consultant will be able to advise you.

SMOKE ALARMS

We also recommend battery operated smoke alarms are installed. (Once installed, responsibility for replacing the battery passes to the tenant.)

CO2 ALARMS

We also recommend that all properties are fitted with a CO2 alarm.

Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)

All private residential property available for let is required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). An EPC is a legal requirement for new lets and is valid for 10 years. From 1st April 2018, the property must have a minimum rating of E on its EPC. It will be unlawful to rent a property which breaches this requirement with a penalty of up to £4,000.
All tenants must be provided with a copy of the EPC at the start of the tenancy. Grants may be available to tenants in receipt of Local Housing Allowance for some of the improvements mentioned in the report.
Landlords are not under obligation to act on the EPC, but doing so may make your property more attractive to potential tenants. We can arrange this on your behalf. More information is available in our EPC section, or on the Government's EPC website - www.direct.gov.uk/EPC.

Legionella Risk Assessment

Legionella is a potentially fatal illness like pneumonia which can be caught by inhaling bacteria generated by hot and cold water heating systems including storage tanks which are not functioning properly or have been stagnant for some time. The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and the control of Substances Hazardous to Health 1999 have recently changed and the Control of Legionella bacteria in Water Systems Approved Code of Practice ("ACOP L8"), now applies to domestic living. It is recommended that all landlords of residential rental properties have a Legionella Risk Assessment completed every two years to comply with the law.
Tenants over the age of 45, smokers or heavy drinkers, or those suffering from respiratory or kidney disease or immune system problems, might be considered particularly vulnerable.
We can introduce you to an expert who can assess your property for Legionella and provide you with a report.

Mandatory HMO Licences

If you own a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) - a rented property with shared facilities, you may need a licence to let. The mandatory licensing criteria regarding Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO), which came into effect in all local authorities in England on 01 October 2018, includes the following:

A household is either a single person or members of the same family who live together. A family includes people who are:

Right to Rent checks

The Right to Rent scheme, which helps to make sure that people renting property in the UK have a legal right to be here, was rolled out across England in February 2016.
This law means that landlords or their letting agents must carry out identity checks on every tenant before they sign a tenancy agreement. If we don't currently handle tenant checks for you, we'd be very happy to discuss how we can help you with this.

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