All our properties carry full certification as required by Law.
Under common law a landlord must ensure that properties to let are safe and failure to comply with safety legislation is considered a criminal offence, resulting in legal action and prosecution. As managing agents we carry out safety checks as and when required, namely:-
1. Gas (the Gas Safety Installation and Use Regulations 1994)(amended 1998)the landlord must maintain gas installations and all gas appliances through annual inspections and safety checks carried out by a GAS Safe registered engineer and a copy of the current inspection Certificate must be available at the property.
2. Electricity (the Electrical Equipment Safety Regulations 1994 and Electricity at Works Regulations 1989) the landlord must ensure that all mains voltage household electrical appliances and equipment is tested and safe to use. Any non repairable items must be removed. AN NICEIC or similarly qualified electrical engineer must carry out these tests on an annual basis and we also carry this out at change of tenancy. All operating instructions must be left at the property for the tenants benefit. The electrical installation must also be checked and fit for purpose.
3. Furniture and Furnishings. The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire Safety Regulations 1988) amended 1989 and 1993. Soft furnishings such as mattresses, settees, bed bases, cushions and padded headboards etc must meet fire resistant standards and bear a permanent label confirming this. If compliance cannot be proved it must be removed.
4. Smoke Detectors. Whilst only properties built after 1992 legally require the fitting of smoke detectors (building regulations 1991) we ensure that all properties are fitted with smoke detectors regardless of age to each floor of the property being let.
5. Energy Performance Certificates. All properties advertised for rent need to have an Energy Performance Certificate displayed which gives the property a rating between A and G for energy efficiency. The Certificates need to be compiled by qualified Energy Assessors and are valid for ten years.
The penalty for failure to comply with statutory safety legislation is currently a maximum of £5,000,00 and/or six months imprisonment for each offence. This can be harsher in the case of injury or fatality. The above is only a guide to the legal safety requirements and should you have any further enquiries we would recommend that you contact a qualified solicitor who will be able to verify these in full.
Every tenant is given a folder containing copies of all relevant Safety Certificates and instructions for appliances as appropriate.