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Guide For Landlords

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Preparing the Property

First impressions count!  A well presented and maintained property in good decorative order will acheive a higher rental and attract a better quality Tenant. 

Annual Gas Safety checks are required by law every 12 months and must be completed by a competent GAS SAFE registered Gas engineer.  Further information can be found at www.hse.gov.uk/gas or contact our office on 01752 759905.   

Any furniture left in the Property must comply with the Fire and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 (amended 1989 and 1993).  The rules and regulations concerncing fire safety in rented accommodation have tightened in recent years.  If you are at all unsure you are advised to consult your Letting Agent or visit www.firesafe.org.uk/html/legislation/furnregs.htm.

Properties built since June 1992 must have mains powered smoke detector alarms.  Properties built prior to 1992 are required to have battery-operated smoke alarms fitted on every floor to comply with your “duty of care” obligations.

All rented properties are required to have an Energy Performance Certificate.  The EPC is valid for 10 years.

It is strongly recommended that a full electrical safety check is carried out and any appliances remaining in the Property with a plug socket are regularly tested to conform with the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994, the Plugs and Sockets Regulations 1994, the 2000 Building Regulation – Part P and British Standard BS1363. Please visit www.bis.gov.uk for further information or contact our office on 01752 759905.

We are always delighted to answer any letting queries that a prospective Client may have and offer a warm and professional welcome to both Tenants and Landlords.

Due to recent changes to the legislation relating to the control of legionella it now means that residential lettings are covered by Approved Code of Practice L8 and HSE 274, therefore landlords, property owners and managers must ensure that legionella risk management is carefully managed. In order to comply with the Health and Safety Executive’s code of practice
Landlords must carry out a risk assessment at their property. By signing this agreement you confirm that you have considered all risks regarding Legionnaires Disease. Should you require M&B Residential Lettings to carry out the risk assessment please request further details from Michelle Stacey of M&B Residential Lettings.

Requires Landlords to ensure alarms are installed in their properties with effect from 1st October 2015. After that the Landlord (or someone acting on behalf of the Landlord) must ensure all alarms are in working order at the start of each new Tenancy. After the Landlord’s test on the first day of the Tenancy, Tenants should take responsibility for their own safety and test all alarms regularly to make sure they are in working order. Testing monthly is generally considered an appropriate frequency for alarms.

The Landlord will fully comply with the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 or amendments that may apply during the period of any Tenancy plus any other regulations referred to within this agreement or that may apply at any time. We reserve the right to withdraw our services in respect of any Property that does not comply.

All private landlords in England, including those subletting or taking in lodgers, have to check applicants for properties have the right to be in the UK before renting out a property.

Right to rent is a mandatory requirement introduced in the Immigration Act 2014.

It is the responsibility of the Landlord to ensure that they have the relevant Buildings and Contents Insurance Policies in place. Failure to inform your insurers may invalidate your policies. We can provide information on "Landlords Legal Protection", "Rent Guarantee Cover" and "Landlords Contents and Building Insurance" if required.

If your property is Mortgaged, you must obtain your mortgagee's written consent to the letting. They may require additional clauses be inserted into the Tenancy Agreement.

If you are a leaseholder, please check the terms of your lease and obtain any necessary written consent before letting.

Not necessarily - it all depends on your personal financial circumstances. For example, if the let property is mortgaged and the mortgage and the related costs of upkeeping the property exceed the rent you receive, then it is possible that no tax will be payable. If you are unsure about any aspect of your tax liability, then you are advised to seek further advice from your accountant or financial advisor. More information can be found at : www.hmrc.gov.uk.

All owners of property in the UK are required to pay tax on their letting income unless the income after allowable expenses is less than the individual's personal allowances. However, special rules apply to the UK rental income of non-resident Landlords or Landlords who live abroad (usually for more than a six month period). For more information please contact the office on 01752 759905 or visit www.hmrc.gov.uk/cnr/nr_landlords.htm.