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Safety and Regulations

May 14th 2015
By: Jon

If you’re looking to become a landlord and let your property, or are currently doing so, then you need to be aware of the legal safety requirements to ensure your tenants are looked after and protected.  If you use Goodfellows’ fully managed service, then we can help make sure your property and any contents fully comply with the regulations.
 
Homes should be fitted with smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors – this will become a legal requirement from 1st October this year.
 
Gas Safety Certificates
A Gas Safety Record must be carried out by a qualified Gas Safe Register engineer and will need to be checked every year.  It will check that all gas appliances, pipes and flues are in safe working order. 
 
Electrical Regulations
As a landlord, it is your responsibility to ensure that all electrical products within the property are safe for use.  It is generally recommended that you carry out an Installation Survey or Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) to ensure you are fully compliant.
  
Furniture and furnishing regulations
All furnishings must be compliant with the regulations – any furniture must display the standard labels in a prominent position.
 
Legionella
We often hear about Legionnaires disease in connection with hospitals or places where there are a lot of people in residence.  But as a landlord, you are responsible for making sure that any water supply is working properly and safely for your tenants.
 
Legionella is caught from hot and cold water systems (including storage tanks) if they are not functioning properly, or have been stagnant for some time.  Bacteria can develop from here and tenants could inhale infected droplets of water from the air.
 
Showers, water tanks and hot water systems should be checked – there is a free document available from the Health and Safety Executive which gives more detail about the disease and how to prevent it.
 
To find out more about how Goodfellows can help you find a tenant and manage your property – please call us on 020 8687 0077.