HHLE PROPERTY MATTERS SPRING 2021 - Flipbook - Page 14
Are you Aware of your
There are approximately 2 million private Landlords in the UK, and evidence
shows only 1 in 3 are aware of their legal obligations when renting a
residential property. A Landlord is responsible for making sure their property
is safe before considering letting it out. As such, it is imperative that they
understand the regulations to ensure this.
There are 145 laws and 400 regulations to comply with to legally let out
a property in England & Wales. Within these, there are key requirements a
Landlord must comply with:
If a property is heated by gas, there must be an annual Gas Safety
Inspection undertaken by a qualified Gas Safe engineer. Tenants must be
provided with a certificate no more than 28 days after the inspection was
carried out. Additionally, a carbon monoxide detector must be provided in
each room that there is a gas/solid fuel burning appliance.
Landlords are responsible for having at least one smoke detector on each
floor. However, tenants are responsible for battery maintenance and testing
the alarm. If you are letting a property on a furnished basis, all furniture
must meet fire safety standards.
Checking electrics has only ever been a recommendation before, however
this is now changing. All properties let on a new tenancy after 1st July 2020
will be required to have an electrical installation condition report (EICR)
carried out. From 1st April 2021, it will be illegal to continue renting out a
property without having an EICR. All fixed electrical installations must be
tested at least every 5 years.
A security deposit is usually taken at the start of a tenancy, to protect the
Landlord from tenant damages or to help cover rent arrears. A Landlord
can request security of any amount up to 5 weeks rent (maximum).
Deposits should then be protected with 1 of 3 accredited schemes within
30 days of receiving. Tenants should be provided with proof their money
is protected. Holding deposits in your own bank account and providing a
receipt is not sufficient.
• Energy Efficiency
Before a property can be advertised to let, an Energy Performance
Certificate (EPC) must be obtained. This must be on the property advert
and provided to the tenant upon completion of the agreement. By law, a
property’s energy performance must be a minimum rating of an E to be
• How to Rent Guide
Tenants must be provided with a copy of this by their Landlord. This makes
the obligations of both parties clear.
If a Landlord does not adhere to all of the above, a Section 21 Notice will
not be enforceable if a Landlord wishes to gain possession of their property.
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