1. Effective from June 1st, 2020, and 2021 for existing tenancies, all rental properties, whether residential or commercial, require a valid Electrical Installation Condition Report every 5 years, which needs to be conducted by a qualified professional. Landlords must retain a record of this report, and the frequency of renewal may vary based on the property type.
2. Landlords have a legal obligation to conduct an annual safety check on all gas appliances provided for the tenant’s use. Documentation confirming completion of this check by a Gas Safe registered engineer must be supplied to both the tenant and the landlord.
3. Due to the complexity of Portable Appliance Testing (PAT), many landlords now refrain from supplying electrical appliances. However, if such appliances are provided, a certified electrician must check their safety and provide the landlord with confirmation, marking them as safe for use.
4. While Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) have become common in property sales, they are also required for rental properties. An EPC provides an efficiency rating (A-G scale) for various aspects such as living space, insulation, construction type, lighting, heating system, and controls. In April 2023 it was announced that both residential and some commercial properties must have a rating of ‘E’ and above. The government has also proposed that by 2028 all rented residential properties will need to have an EPC rating of ‘C’ and above.
5. Legionnaire’s disease, caused by Legionella bacteria found in domestic water systems, poses a potentially fatal risk. Property owners must conduct a risk assessment to ensure the safety of tenants. While the frequency of assessments may vary, it is highly recommended to periodically review and address any concerns.
6. Since October 1st, 2015, it has been a legal requirement for landlords to install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in rental properties. Carbon monoxide alarms must be installed in any room featuring an open fire, wood burner, or boiler.
7. In response to the HMRC’s efforts to combat money laundering, landlords now have a legal responsibility to request and retain photo identification and proof of current address from new tenants. While this is a one-time requirement, it must be diligently fulfilled.