Here at Just Landlords, we understand that entering the buy-to-let market means you undertake many new responsibilities and that there are many new and often confusing legislations to which to adhere.
In particular, you have a responsibility to keep all property in your portfolio safe and free from hazards that could negatively impact on yours and your tenants’ health.
As a landlord, you have obligations under three main health hazards: Gas safety, Electrical Safety and Fire Safety. Here, we look at the main duties that you must undertake in all three of these categories.
To adhere to Gas Safety, landlords must:
- Ensure that gas equipment is correctly installed
- Make sure that this equipment is maintained by a Gas Safe Registered Engineer. Of course, if you are registered yourself, then you may carry out this duty
- Have a registered Gas Safe Registered Engineer conduct an annual gas safety check on each appliance
- Distribute a copy of the gas safety record either before each new tenants moves in, or within 28 days of the check being completed
To ensure electrical safety, landlords must ensure:
- all electrical systems are safe, including sockets and light fittings
- appliances, such as cookers and kettles, are also secure
For compliance with Fire Safety legislation, landlords have to:
- follow safety regulations
- to provide a working fire alarm on each floor
- install a carbon monoxide alarm in rooms with a fireplace or woodburner
- make sure the furniture and fittings supplied are fire safe
- ensure the provision of fire alarms and extinguishers in HMO’s
Further information on specific regulations and measures for Gas, Fire and Electrical safety can be sourced from the Government website. Remember, it is your responsibility as a property owner to comply with all legal regulations and to provide a safe living environment for your tenants.
Disclaimer: This article is for information only and is not official guidance, FCA approved, or legally precise. Just Landlords has used all reasonable care in compiling the information but make no warranty as to its accuracy. If you require information on landlord legislation or best practices please contact your legal representative. For details see our conditions.