Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
An EPC must be made available whilst your property is
being advertised for let. This certificate shows the current
and potential energy rating. An EPC is valid for 10 years for
a rental property.
Gas Safety Certificates
The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998
It is a legal requirement that every gas appliance and gas
central heating system has to be inspected on an annual
basis and a landlord safety certificate issued by a GAS
SAFE (formerly CORGI) engineer. ELR can arrange for
this inspection to be carried out. We must hold a valid
certificate on file for every property.
Electrical Safety Checks
The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994,
and the Plugs and Sockets etc. (Safety) Regulations 1994
It is important to ensure that all electrical appliances and
fittings within the property are safe and in good working
order. Unlike gas regulations, there is no law that says
you must have a landlord electrical safety certificate.
But, should any electrical fittings or appliances within
your rental property cause harm to a tenant you could
be held liable.
Properties built after June 1992 must have mains operated
smoke detectors fitted on each floor.
Although there is no legislation requiring smoke detectors
to be fitted in ordinary tenanted properties, it is generally
considered the common law "duty of care" meaning that
the landlord could be held liable should a fire cause injury
where no smoke detectors are fitted. We therefore strongly
recommend that landlords fit one smoke alarm on
The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety)
All furniture or furnishings that you supply with a furnished
house when you let it out have to be clearly marked
with a label showing that they meet all of the necessary
standards. All new furniture that is subject to the law
should come with a label already attached, but over time,
safety labels can be lost, removed or damaged. It doesn't
matter if they originally complied or not, you must be able
to demonstrate this with the safety label. If you rent out the
property after the labels have been lost, you should either
have the furniture re-tested or replace it.
You are responsible for insuring the buildings and contents
YOU leave in the property - the tenant will insure their own
contents. We can prepare you a quotation for buildings
and contents insurance, please ask a member
of staff for details and further information.
income received from renting any property is subject to
tax (we strongly recommend that you take advice from
An independent tax accountant). You are responsible for
paying your own income tax and declaring rental income
to the tax office.