Partners and Suppliers Jon Tweats 11/03/2024

Certified and compliant: A landlord's guide to meeting UK regulations

A recent study showed that the main concern for landlords was the growing costs associated with maintaining their portfolios. In the UK these costs aren’t just associated with the repairs and maintenance but also the certification to prove that the properties are being well maintained. What is the full list of legal compliance a landlord needs and where can they make smart savings and reduce surprise costs? 

Gas Safety Certificate (CP12): 

A legal requirement and essential check to ensure your tenant’s safety, the gas safety certificate isn’t just about keeping the heating working; it's about preventing carbon monoxide leaks and potential disasters. Each year, you'll need a Gas Safety Certificate from a Gas Safe registered engineer for every boiler in every property you own. Landlords might be able to cut down on admin, stress and costs by choosing a cover provider like YourRepair, which includes the CP12 as standard. 

Energy Performance Certificate (EPC): 

In October 2023, the Government scrapped the rules requiring rental properties to have a C rating or higher. However, the certificate detailing the property’s energy efficiency is still a legal requirement. As more tenants become mindful of energy costs and sustainability, upgrading your property could ensure you attract more interest. A higher-rent property with predictable affordable energy bills might be more appealing than a low-rent property that has higher energy bills. 

Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR): 

The Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) ensures your property's wiring is up to scratch, reducing the risk of electrical fires or shocks. Get a qualified electrician to check things over every five years - it's a small investment that could save lives and keep your property safe from electrical fires. 

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms: 

Since December 2022 it has been a legal requirement for landlords to install carbon monoxide alarms in every room with “a fixed combustion appliance (excluding gas cookers)”. After the testing upon the start of a tenancy, tenants themselves are responsible for checks. One monthly test is the recommended frequency. 

Legionella Risk Assessment: 

Legionnaires' disease might sound like something from the history books, but it's a real threat in poorly maintained water systems. A Legionella Risk Assessment must be performed every two years to ensure your property's water supply is clean and safe. 

HMO Licence: 

If you're renting out a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO), you'll need an HMO licence. It's not just about paperwork - it's about meeting standards for space, safety, and amenities, ensuring your tenants have a comfortable place to call home. A single licence is valid for five years. 

Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme: 

Since 2007, landlords have been required to protect tenants' deposits in a government-approved scheme. This can be an essential factor in creating trust between the tenant and landlord and ensures deposits are managed independently.

By staying on top of these essential certificates, you're not just ensuring compliance; you're creating a safe and happy home for your tenants. 

Landlords with YourRepair cover plans will automatically receive the Gas safety checks and CP12 each year. Having access to a full suite of property-wide maintenance and repair options with the Complete Plan could help landlords minimise ongoing maintenance and repair costs. When the tests and checks come around, YourRepair customers have some much-needed protection against unwanted surprise bills. 

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Jon Tweats

Jon Tweats Partnerships and Business Development Manager

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