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Preparing to Let
Before a property is let out, there are a couple of matters which need to be dealt with to comply with law and regulations. These are listed below but if you require any more information or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be more than happy to assist.
Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are required whenever a property is sold, built or rented.
You must have an EPC before you market your property for rent.
An EPC contains information about a property’s energy use and typical energy costs and also provides recommendations about how to reduce energy use and save money.
An EPC gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and is valid for 10 years.
Contact us today to arrange your EPC on 01524 825060.
Smoke Detectors & Carbon Monoxide
It is now the law to have one smoke alarm on each habitable floor. Carbon monoxide alarms are required in all properties which have multi-fuel burners and usable open fires. We strongly advise that all landlords should have carbon monoxide alarms fitted at the same time as smoke alarms.
It is estimated that: ‘The move will help prevent up to 26 deaths and 670 injuries a year.’
For more information please follow the link below:
Under the Gas Safety Regulations 1998 a landlord must:
Make sure gas equipment they supply is safely installed and maintained by a Gas Safe registered engineer (CORGI registered),
Have a registered engineer do an annual gas safety check on each appliance and flue,
Give the tenant(s) a copy of the gas safety check record before [the tenant(s)] move in, or within 28 days of the check.
We can arrange this for landlords.
All gas appliances, flues and related pipe work need to be maintained and in safe condition .
‘Legionnaires’ Disease is a pneumonia like illness caused by the Legionella bacteria and can be fatal. The infection is caused by breathing in small droplets of water contaminated by the bacteria. The disease cannot be passed from one person to another.
Legionella bacteria are found in the natural environment and may contaminate and grow in water systems, including domestic hot and cold water systems. They survive low temperatures and thrive at temperatures between 20 – 45°C if the conditions are right. They are killed by high temperatures at 60°C or above.’
It is said that ‘around 10% of confirmed cases result in death’.
There is no current legislation for legionnaires’ tests to be carried out. However, all landlords are ultimately responsible for their property and in extreme cases can be given a custodial sentence should they be found at fault for not providing a risk assessment. Arrange a Legionella Risk Assessment today.