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Before renting your property out there are certain safety requirements, set by law that you will need to take into account. See below for a short explanation on what could be required. Please note that legislation is frequently updated and below is not an exhaustive list.
Since 2015 it has been law that at least one smoke alarm is fitted per floor, a carbon monoxide alarm is fitted for any solid fuel appliance and any new tenancies must have the smoke alarm tested on the day the tenancy starts. We will advise all necessary requirements to make your property compliant.
In 2020 it became law that all rented properties are now required to have an EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report). This means that a qualified electrician must find that fixed installations are safe. An EICR typically lasts five years.
All furniture and furnishings such as sofas, beds, cushions etc that will be left in a property must comply with the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 and be fire resistant. For this reason we recommend that property is let unfurnished. We will provide information on fixed installation requirements during our valuation.
If you have gas central heating, an annual gas safety inspection must be undertaken by a qualified Gas Safe engineer. The check will ensure that all gas appliances and fittings in the property are safe and in working order.
Before a tenant moves into the property, they must be provided with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). An EPC shows you how energy efficient a property is and can be helpful to give tenants an idea of the running costs for the property.