Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
Under the European Union Energy Performance of Building Directive, it is a legal
requirement in UK that every residential property have an EPC before it is marketed
for letting from 1st October 2008. Landlords must by law provide Relo Redac Strattons with
an EPC prior to marketing their property. A domestic energy assessor having inspected
the property provides a report rating the energy efficiency on a scale of A-G with
suggested recommendations. The EPC must be available to all prospective Tenants.
Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 as amended 1993
This covers soft furnishings such as: mattresses, padded headboards, bed bases,
armchairs, sofas, chairs, cushions etc. All furniture and furnishings must have
a label attached and any items that do not comply must be removed and replaced.
Please note you cannot get round the regulations by selling, giving or leaving furniture
for the Tenants as this is still considered supply of goods. Non compliance is a
criminal offence and could result in a fine, imprisonment, or both.
The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998
Any person letting their property must ensure that all gas appliances and installation
pipe work in that property are maintained in a safe condition to prevent risk of
injury. All such appliances and pipe work must be checked annually by a registered
GAS SAFE engineer (New regulations from 1st April 2009) and a certificate obtained.
The Tenant must be given a copy of the certificate within 14 days. At the commencement
of every new Tenancy each Tenant must be given a copy of the Gas Safety Certificate
at the time they take occupation and under no circumstances will the Tenant be allowed
occupation of the property by us without one.
Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994
Any person supplying electrical equipment must ensure that it is safe, will not
cause danger and satisfies the requirements of the regulations. These require electrical
equipment to be safe and constructed with good engineering practice. You are advised
to have all electrics (wiring, plugs, sockets etc) and electrical appliances checked
before the commencement of a Tenancy and regularly thereafter. According to Part
P of the Building (Amendment) (No.2) Regulations 2004, any electrical work must
be carried out by an electrician who is a member of a Government approved scheme.
The electrician must provide the Landlord with an electrical safety certificate
for the work carried out. A copy of the electrical safety certificate must be provided
to the local authority.
There are many more regulations that Landlords are required to comply with in order
to let a property. We would highly recommend that you check with a legal expert
to ensure compliance with current regulations before you begin marketing your property.
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