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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 it has been law that;
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 a properties “fixed installations” are safe. An EICR typically lasts 5 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.
An annual gas safety inspection is required to be completed by a qualified engineer. The check should 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 costs of bills for the property.
Depending on size, location and number of tenants, the property may require planning and/or licensing. Our local team will advise and make sure you are compliant.