As a landlord, you have to make sure your rented property is safe and free from health hazards. This includes meeting gas, electrical and fire safety responsibilities:
Gas – Under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, landlords must make sure that gas appliances, fittings and flues are safe for tenants to use, and also that installation, maintenance and annual safety checks are carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Tenants must receive a copy of the gas safety certificate. Gas safety checks have to be carried out every year.
Electricity – Under the Electrical Equipment and Safety Regulations, landlords must make sure that the electrical system and all electrical appliances supplied are safe. Tenants should receive safety notices before their tenancy starts.
Fire – Fire safety regulations must be followed, for example access to escape routes, and any furniture and furnishings supplied must be fire safe.
Houses of Multiple Occupation have to meet extra fire and electrical safety standards.
At Rockford, our Property Management Consultants can advise you on the regulations, organise your safety inspections and handle the ongoing safety checks for you.