You should keep inspection records for at least two
years and give copies of the reports to your existing
tenants within 28 days of each check. You should also
give copies to new tenants before they move in.
tenants are responsible for any gas appliances they
own, but you must still maintain the parts of any
associated gas installations – like flues and
ventilation grilles – and the pipe work.
At the beginning of each new tenancy, you should ensure
that electrical installations – like fixed wiring
– are safe and well maintained. Any electrical
appliances you supply to tenants – for instance
cookers and kettles – should be safe for them
should carry out regular inspections of fixed electrical
installations – like sockets and light fittings
– every five years.
should also arrange, at least once a year, for a qualified
electrician to carry out a portable appliance testing
(PAT) safety test on any portable electrical equipment
you provide for tenants, like kettles. The PAT tester
will give you a dated certificate and put stickers
on the plugs of appliances to show that they are safe.
You must make sure your tenants have an escape route
from your property in case of fire. Depending on the
size of the property, you may also have to provide
fire alarms and extinguishers.
you have a property let out to several different tenants,
you may be asked to carry out a fire risk assessment
by your Local Housing Authority or Fire Service.
must follow the fire-resistant furniture regulations
if you let furnished accommodation to tenants. Furniture
manufacturers will usually label their fire-resistant
products. If a property is let on a one-off, short-term
basis – for example, while you work away from
home – the regulations do not apply.
If you rent out, buy, sell or build a property, you
will need to get an Energy Performance Certificate
(EPC). An EPC rates the energy efficiency of a property.
It is based on the building’s energy performance
– for example, how much heat is lost through
EPC also takes account of the property’s heating
and lighting. EPCs do not cover domestic appliance
performance, like washing machines.
EPC is valid for ten years – even if new tenants
move into your property during that time. You should
give a copy of your property’s current EPC to
each new tenant.