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From the 1st of April 2021, landlords leasing property to tenants in the UK must produce an electrical safety certificate that verifies electrical installations have been tested.
As Landlord you should:
It is an offence to install any furniture in let properties which do not comply with the regulations. Products covered by the regulations are as follows:
The regulations do not apply to furniture manufactured prior to 1950.
The regulations do not apply to sleeping bags, bedclothes (including duvets), loose covers for mattresses (i.e. mattress protectors), pillowcases, curtains and carpets.
The Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 puts the responsibility on Landlords to ensure the buildings, electrical installation in their property is safe when the tenancy begins, and that it is maintained in a safe condition throughout that tenancy. From 1st January 2005, all domestic electric installation work (particularly in kitchens and bathrooms) must be carried out by a Government "Approved” contractor. In addition, electrical contractors will have to verify the work complies with British Standard Safety Requirements (BS7671). Failure to comply with these regulations is a criminal offence and could result in fines of up to £5,000 and/or imprisonment. In April 2013, the range of electrical work that is notifiable by a contractor were reduced. Please refer to regulation 12(6A) within the part ‘P’ regulations for a full list of these.
Summary of Landlord Responsibilities:
Ensure at least one smoke alarm is equipped on each storey of their homes where there is a room used as living accommodation. This has been a legal requirement in the private rented sector since 2015.
All of these alarms must be tested and certified annually to ensure they are in full working order.
Please note, should the required alarms not be present prior to move in, Purplebricks will organise for the supply and fitting of the required alarms and the appropriate fee will be payable by you.
Landlords are legally required to renew their gas safety certificate annually. An annual gas safety check involves a certified Gas Safe Registered Engineer visiting your rental property to inspect the gas appliances, such as the hob and oven, and systems, like the boiler and hot water cylinder.
It’s important to note that an annual gas safety check is different to a gas or boiler service. Whilst a check involves inspection and testing, it does not include the repairing of appliances.
As Landlord you should:
If your engineer considers any gas appliances defective or unsafe, they will indicate this on the certificate by ticking the “Not safe to use” checkbox. For immediate dangers and risk, your gas engineer will request permission to disconnect the gas supply. They will then suggest any remedial work that needs to be carried out to fix the issues. To avoid putting your tenants in any danger, repair work needs to be made within as soon as possible.