From 1st October 2008 all rented properties are required by law to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). The EPC must be available for potential tenants' to view at the time of marketing. Our lettings department can arrange this on your behalf.
The EPC will last for ten years unless the property then undergoes significant improvement work which may affect its energy rating.
Further information is available at www.gov.uk
At the start of a new tenancy, our lettings team will write to the council tax office and electricity, gas and water suppliers to provide them with meter readings and the names of the new tenants.
However, when a landlord moves out of a property, it remains their responsibility to ensure that services and utility companies are notified and provided with their forwarding address for final invoices.
Any utility charges between tenancies remain the landlord’s responsibility.
The tenant is responsible for all charges for electricity, gas or oil (where applicable), water and council tax for the duration of their tenancy. They must also pay for any telephone and internet connections, satellite/cable services, and a television TV licence where applicable. A landlord is not expected to provide internet, satellite or cable facilities within a property, although provision of a standard telephone line is strongly recommended. It is the tenant’s responsibility to find out if these services are available prior to renting a property.
Whilst the legislation for electrical safety is less explicit than that of gas safety, and there is no CORGI equivalent for inspection standards, it is nevertheless a statutory duty for landlords and their agent to ensure that all electrical wiring and equipment present in a rental property, is safe for use and maintained adequately.
The two main Acts of Parliament that impose a statutory duty on Landlords with respect to safety, including electrics, are:
The Consumer Protection Act 1987
The Landlord & Tenant Act 1985 Section 11)
The only way a Landlord can check that the electrical installation (the fixed wiring) in their property is safe is by having a Periodic Inspection and Report (PIR) carried out. This inspection identifies any deficiencies against the notional safety standard for electrical installations and issues a report. Any areas that require attention will be detailed in the report, together with a recommendation of remedial works required, if any, in order of priority. It is considered best practice to have a PIR carried out when a property is first prepared for letting and every 5 years thereafter.
There are also several items of secondary legislation under the umbrella of the Consumer Protection Act which are directly relevant to the supply of electrical goods including:
It is company policy at Sutton Kersh, that all rental properties must have a valid PAT in place before any tenancy commences. The PAT will then be stored on our system and a copy of the certificate supplied to the tenant. We can arrange for a PAT to be carried out on your behalf. Please contact the office.
It is a criminal offence to let premises with gas appliances, installations and pipe-work that have not been checked by a CORGI registered engineer. The certificate must be renewed annually whilst the property remains let. No tenancy can commence until we are in receipt of a valid GSC. We can arrange this on your behalf. If you use your own contractor, we will need proof of their CORGI registration. The GSC will be held on our files, and a copy will be issued to the tenant prior to occupation. Further information can be found on www.hse.gov.uk/gas.
All upholstery and upholstered furnishings supplied as part of the tenancy, must comply with current fire resistance standards. It is a criminal offence, punishable by a fine and/or a prison term, to let premises with furniture or soft furnishings that cannot be proven to comply with the Fire Safety Regulations 1998. The Regulations apply to the following, which must be match resistant, cigarette resistant, and carry a permanent label:
Although there is no specific legislation applying to oil and solid fuel, we recommend that appliances are serviced regularly to ensure their safety.
Properties built after June 1992 must have mains interlinked smoke detectors on each floor. Although older properties do not fall under these regulations. We recommend that a let property has at least one fully operational battery operated detector on each floor as a minimum requirement.