Legal Obligations to Let
We will ensure that you are aware of your legal obligations on becoming a landlord – and can help you to comply with all current relevant legislation.
Gas Safety certificate (GSC)
This test is a legal requirement to ensure that all gas appliances in a property are safe. It must be renewed annually and there are heavy and serious penalties for not having a valid certificate.
Electrical equipment (PAT test)
This test ensures that all electrical appliances in a private rental property are safe and fit for purpose and must be renewed annually.
Furniture & Fire regulations
Any soft furnishings left in the property must comply with current regulations. Similarly consideration must also be given to regulations requiring working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in the property. For further details visit www.direct.gov.uk
Money Laundering Regulations
Before we let your property, it is important that we know who you are and that you are the legal owner of the property. This allows us to comply with the Money Laundering Regulations. At the time of completing your instruction form, formally appointing us as your letting agent, you will be asked to provide two forms of identification, one of which needs to be a new style driving licence or passport showing your photograph and the other an offical document showing your address.
Consent to Let
If you have a mortgage you must obtain consent from your mortgage lender. If your interest in the property is leasehold, your lease may require you to obtain consent from your landlord prior to sub-letting.
Energy Performance Certificates
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) provides an energy efficiency rating for a property, and also shows the environmental impact of the building by indicating its carbon dioxide emissions.
All tenants need to be provided with energy efficiency information at the time that they first view the property. The certificates can only be provided by trained domestic energy assessors.