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We provide a level of service that is designed to support and help reduce the risk to you the landlord. Our fully managed service provides a complete and comprehensive package for those who would like their property looked after and dealt with by First Class Residential.

Here is a brief outline of your landlord obligations.

 

EPC (Energy performance certificate):

This energy performance certificate gives tenants better information about the carbon monoxide emissions from the building and its energy use. They also include simple cost effective home improvement measures that will help save energy, reduce bill and cut emissions. They are valid for 10 years and all rental properties need to have one.

 

Gas Safety Certificate (CP12):

This must be in place before a tenant moves in and carried out annually.  A Gas safe registered engineer carries out the inspection and must include all gas boiler, appliances and fires. You must keep a copy for your records and provide your tenant with a copy too.

 

Electrical Safety:

All landlords have a legal duty to make sure the wiring in rented home is safe; this also applies to electrical appliances.  If you are in any doubt we can provide an electrical certificate and have any appliance PAT tested.

Furniture & Furnishing (Fire Safety) regulations 1988/1989, 1993 and 2010:

It a legal requirement that all upholstered furniture and cushions must be up to current safety standards. Any furniture made after 1st March 1990 must have a label to show it meets safety standards. This applies to both new and second hand furniture and includes sofas, armchairs, sofa beds, mattresses, office chairs, pillows and cushions, Curtains and carpet do not apply.

 

Smoke Alarms:

There needs to be a working smoke alarm present of every floor, they need to be tested on the day your tenant moves in and be tested regularly throughout your tenancy.

 

Carbon Monoxide:

It is compulsory to have a carbon monoxide detector in place if your property has any solid fuel appliances, multi fuel / log burner or open fires. We do however recommend that all properties have a carbon monoxide detector in place.  They also need to be tested on the day the tenant moves in and tested regularly throughout the tenancy.

 

Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS):

Damage deposit now needs to be placed in a government Scheme usually within 30 days of your tenant moving in.
Landlords can face compensation claims and restricted eviction right if they don’t follow tenancy deposit protection laws for assured short hold tenants.

Legionella:

It is recommended that all landlords of residential rental properties have a Legionella risk assessment completed every two years.  Legionella is a potentially fatal disease and is caused by breathing in contaminated droplet of water. We can help you arrange a Legionella risk assessment. 

We also ask all landlords to supply a form of photographic identification. (Usually Driving License or Passport) and recent utility bill. 

Please contact us if you have any questions.