A Guide To Being A Landlord…
Being a landlord is a big responsibility and you should take the time to understand fully what is expected of you. We will assist you and give you the best possible chance of keeping your tenants happy and reducing the likelihood of the property being empty for long periods of time.
Here is a brief outline of what is expected of you…
Health & Safety
In order to let your property, there are a number of health and safety guidelines that must be followed to protect you legally and to ensure the safety of your tenants.
Furniture & Furnishings
Regulations regarding fire-resistant furniture are very strict for rental accommodation and you MUST make sure all relevant items meet the guidelines set under the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire and Safety) Amendment Regulations 1993. We advise that furniture made before 1988 is unlike to meet the necessary standards and should be replaced before letting your property. We will check any items that contain upholstery, and could be used inside the property including:
Beds, headboards, mattresses, sofa beds
Childrens or nursery furniture
Garden furniture that might be used within the property
Cushions, pillows etc
Carpets and curtains
In order to check items for the fire safety standards, we will look for a permanent label stating regulations it conforms to. If you’re in any doubt about any of this please contact us now >>>
The main risks of not servicing or maintaining gas equipment are a serious gas explosion or carbon monoxide poisoning. Landlords are required by law to service all gas-related equipment at least once every 12 months. Landlords must also keep a record of regular checks and the condition of equipment at all times. You must also provide tenants with an annual gas safety certificate. If you do not provide your tenant with annual gas safety certificates, you are breaking the law!
The electrical wiring in your property must be safe and in good working order throughout. You must also ensure you have enough sockets to meet the needs of the tenants.
Wiring that is more than 15 years old should be inspected on an annual basis. Wiring that is more recent can be left for longer periods if there are no indications of any problems.
If you are planning on providing electrical equipment to your tenants, you should ensure that all items are regularly tested for safety and labelled accordingly.
The Tenancy Deposit Scheme
From April 6th 2007, new legislation was introduced to help tenants and landlords avoid and resolve disputes relating to the return and use of a tenant’s deposit. Under the legislation, if landlords fail to protect the tenant’s deposit, they may have to pay the tenant three times the value of the deposit.