Landlord Responsibilities & Obligations

Gas Safety Certificate

 

Energy Performance Certificate

Electrical Safety Inspection

You have a legal duty to make sure that electrical appliances and wiring in your property are safe. Any electrical appliances that you provide must be safe to use. You should arrange regular basic safety checks for the electrics and appliances such as cookers, washing machines and fridges.

Although it is not mandatory, we strongly believe that all Landlords should have an Electrical Safety Inspection completed (an electrical report/inspection undertaken by a qualified electrician). We recommend that an electrical inspection is completed every 5 years. Any property fully managed by Cheyne Lettings must have an up-to-date electrical inspection/certificate.

 

Deposit Protection

The law requires Landlords to place tenants' deposits into a tenancy deposit protection scheme (custodial or insurance-based). These government-backed schemes ensure your tenants will get their deposit back if they:

  • meet the terms of your tenancy agreement.

  • don't damage the property.

  • pay the rent and bills.

You must place your tenants' deposit in the scheme within 30 days of receiving it. At Cheyne Lettings, we use the Deposit Protection Service (DPS) and can protect your deposit at no cost. More information on deposits can be found on their website; click here.

For more information, or to receive a quote for gas safety checks, electrical inspections or/and energy performance certificates, please don't hesitate to contact a member of our team on 0161 300 8900.

Energy Performance Certificate

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are required before you market your property to let. An EPC gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and is valid for 10 years.

An EPC contains:

  • information about a property's energy use and typical energy costs.

  • recommendations about how to reduce energy use and save money.

Gas Safety Certificate

If you let a property equipped with gas appliances, you have three main responsibilities:

  1. Gas Safety Check - An annual gas safety check must be carried out on each gas appliance/flue. This will ensure gas appliances and fittings are safe to use. There is a legal requirement on Landlords to have all gas appliances safety checked by a registered engineer annually and you also need to maintain gas pipework and flues in a safe condition. This is UK law.

  2. Record - A record of the annual gas safety check must be provided to your existing Tenants within 28 days of completion, or to new Tenants upon the start of their tenancy. You will need to keep copies of the record for at least 2 years.

  3. Maintenance - pipework, appliances and chimney/flues need to be maintained safely. Gas appliances should be serviced in accordance with the frequency given in the manufacturer's instructions. If these are not available, you should ask a Gas Safe registered engineer to service them annually.

As a Landlord, you have a duty of care to your Tenants. It is important that you provide them with a property that is safe and satisfies renting regulations. This guide serves to summarise some of the main responsibilities that you have before any tenancy can commence.

 

You must ensure that you have the following:

Electrical Safety Inspection

Deposit Protection

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