As a Landlord you are responsible by law for most repairs and maintenance relating to the structure of your property.

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Below are some of the legal responsibilities under the following legislation:

Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1994.
Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1994

These regulations place a requirement upon Landlords to have all gas appliances that are installed in any rented property checked and certified annually by a suitably qualified ‘Gas Safe’ registered engineer.

Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994.
Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994

These regulations state that all electrical equipment over 50 volts must be safe and also to satisfy requirements relating to sleeving of pins on plugs, colour coding main leads, labelling of cables and fusing information. Although the law does not say that the electrical equipment has to be tested, the best way to protect yourself from prosecution is to have all relevant appliances checked and certified by a suitably qualified Electrical Contractor.

Smoke Alarm & Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England)
Regulations 2015
Smoke Alarm & Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015

These regulations require a Landlord to supply a smoke alarm on every floor of a let property and a CO Monitor in every room where a solid fuel burning appliance is situated.

The Energy Performance of Buildings (England & Wales) Regulations 2012.
The Energy Performance of Buildings (England & Wales) Regulations 2012

These regulations were initiated in 2007 and amendments came into force in 2013. They state that all properties to be let must have a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) in place. Bradleys have fully qualified Domestic Energy Assessors to undertake this report.

The Health and Safety at Work (etc) Act 1974
The Health and Safety at Work (etc) Act 1974

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 place an obligation upon Landlords to assess the risk of exposure to Legionnaires Disease.

Fire and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) (Amendment)
Regulations 1993
Fire and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) (Amendment) Regulations 1993

The regulations require that all soft furnishings, upholstery or upholstered furnishings - that includes beds, mattresses, pillows, settees, armchairs, scatter cushions, bean bags and so on - should conform and comply with the following three tests: The Cigarette Test, The Match Test and The Ignitability Test.

Bradleys can provide quotes and arrange inspections or reports for you on all of the above requirements, to ensure you are fully compliant with the latest legislation.

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It should be noted that when first letting your home you will need to seek the permission of your mortgage lender to let your home and to ensure your building and contents insurers provide adequate cover for rented property. In the case of leasehold property, you may also need to request your freeholder’s permission to let as necessary. Again, we shall be pleased to give individual advice on such matters.

Tax and the Inland Revenue

As a landlord, regrettably all income received from rented property is classified as unearned income and is therefore subject to tax. However, there are some expenses that attract tax relief. Overseas landlords should note that we are bound by law to deduct and retain tax at the basic rate before forwarding the balance, unless a valid HMRC tax exemption certificate has been received by our offices. In order to benefit from all allowances available we strongly recommend you consult a tax specialist or your local office of the Inland Revenue.

Tenant Deposit Protection Scheme

Deposits held on properties let on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy since April 2007 are required by law to be registered in one of three Government approved schemes. To avoid the financial penalties for failing to register to a scheme, Bradleys register deposits with TDS (The Dispute Service Ltd) at a significantly reduced cost to Landlords.

Please refer to the TDS leaflet ‘What is the Tenant Deposit Scheme?’ click here...

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