Regulations & Requirements
When letting your home there are a number of obligations and regulations imposed by law which a landlord cannot avoid and can face serious consequences if ignored, with some serious penalties, fines and sometimes imprisonment. Thomas Joseph can give plenty of advice and help.
Energy Performance Certificate
From 1st October 2008 in order to market your property for rent, you will need to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for prospective tenants to view. This document is valid for 10 years and shows the energy efficiency of your property. Thomas Joseph can arrange one for you.
You are required by the Gas Safety (Installations and Use) Regulations 1998 to ensure that all gas appliances are carried out by a tradesman who are Gas Safe registered. The certificate is required prior to the commencement of the tenancy and whilst in occupation must be presented within 28 days of the inspection. Thomas Joseph can arrange one for you.
The Electrical Equipment Safety Regulations 1994 require that all electrical appliances and installations are in a safe state of repair and satisfy the requirements of this regulation. You should ensure that the electrical system and any appliances that you supply such as cookers, kettles, toasters, washing machines, immersion heaters are safe. Whilst there are no provisions within the regulations making it mandatory for equipment to be safety tested we strongly recommend that this is done
Fire & Furnishing
The Fire and Furnishing Regulations 1988 as amended in 1993 require that anyone who supplies furniture in a letting property ensures that such furniture complies with the regulations. These set standards of fire resistance on upholstered furniture and furnishings manufactured between 1959 and 1989. To comply you must ensure that all furniture carries a permanent label to show that it complies with the regulations. If in doubt you should check with the manufacturer or remove the item from the property. These regulations do not apply to bed clothes, curtains or carpets.
The building Regulations 1991 require that all properties constructed after June 1992 be built with mains operated smoke detectors / alarms to each floor. We strongly recommend that all properties built prior to this date are fitted with smoke alarms on each floor and are regularly checked.
Under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 the landlord must keep in repair the structure and exterior of the property, baths, sinks, basins and other sanitary installations, heating and hot water installations.
HMO is a House of Multiple Occupancy there are many different regulations in force and this will all depend on the size of the property and number of occupants. So each property should be evaluated individually to ensure that it will comply to current regulations.
This link will take you to Cardiff Council HMO site