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Legal Requirements

THE ELECTRICAL SAFETY STANDARDS IN THE PRIVATE RENTED SECTOR (ENGLAND) REGULATIONS 2020
You are responsible for providing instruction books for all items of electrical equipment and for ensuring that all electrical appliances within the Premises comply with the above Regulations.
Landlords are required by law to conduct an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR), which is required every five years

GAS SAFETY (INSTALLATION AND USE) REGULATIONS 1998 and 2018
It is a criminal offence to let Premises with gas appliances, installations and pipe-work that have not been checked by a Gas Safe Registered Engineer. We need to give your tenant documentary proof of your compliance with these regulations at the commencement of the tenancy.

LEGIONNAIRE’S DISEASE
The Health and Safety Executive require Landlords and agents to carry out a risk assessment by a competent person and keep records for at least five years. These checks should be carried out every two years or change of tenant, or change of water system.

SMOKE AND CARBON MONOXIDE ALARMS
The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms (England) and Regulations 2015, are a legal requirement for smoke alarms on all floors and carbon monoxide detectors in all rooms with a facility to burn solid fuel.

DEPOSITS
Since 2007 it has been a legal requirement that all deposits are registered with one of three Government recognised schemes. The Deposit can be used against dilapidations or non-payment of rent at the tenancy end.

ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATE
From 1 October 2008, Landlords in England and Wales are required by law to provide an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).
THE FURNITURE and FURNISHINGS (FIRE SAFETY) REGULATIONS 1988, 89, 93 & 2010.
It is a criminal offence, punishable by a fine and/or a prison term, to let Premises with furniture or soft furnishings which cannot be proven to comply with the above fire safety regulations.

TAX
Generally you will be liable for tax on the income generated from the rent, less certain costs and expenses. We recommend that you contact an accountant if you require professional advice.

INSURANCE
You are required by law to maintain buildings insurance for the property (this will normally be included in your service charge if the property is a flat).
You must advise your insurer that you will be renting your property, in addition to your mortgage provider.