At Sage & Co we offer one of the most comprehensive and tailored services, underpinned by almost 30 years of experience in the industry. If you let your property through us, we will ensure that, as the landlord, you are protected from any issues raised by the various Housing, Landlord and Tenant Acts, as well as the many Safety Regulations. We offer a Full Management Service, Rent Collection and Advertisement only service (Let Only), please feel free to contact us to discuss the various services available to you.
Gas and Electrical Safety
All landlords have a Duty of Care to ensure their tenants are safe. The law requires that all appliances are safe and strongly recommends that everything should be independently tested. Duty of Care demands that all portable electrical appliances are tested on a regular basis, particularly at the point at which the property becomes available to let.
The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 and The Plugs and Sockets etc. (Safety) Regulations 1994 state that supplying unsafe appliances is an offence. In the event of an accident involving electricity the landlord must be able to demonstrate that the supply and appliances are safe. This can only be done if they have been independently tested.
The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 deal with landlords' duties to make sure gas appliances, fittings and flues provided for tenants are safe. Landlord's responsibilities If you let a property equipped with gas appliances you have three main responsibilities:
Pipework, appliances and flues must be maintained in a safe condition. Gas appliances should be serviced in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. If these are not available it is recommended that they are serviced annually unless advised otherwise by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
Gas safety checks
A 12 monthly gas safety check must be carried out on every gas appliance/flue. A gas safety check will make sure gas fittings and appliances are safe to use.
A record of the annual gas safety check must be provided to your tenant within 28 days of the check being completed or to new tenants before they move in. Landlords must keep copies of the gas safety record for two years. All installation, maintenance and safety checks need to be carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer. If a tenant has their own gas appliance that you have not provided, then you are responsible for the maintenance of the gas pipework but not for the actual appliance. You should also make sure your tenants know where to turn off the gas and what to do in the event of a gas emergency.
LANDLORD TOP TIPS
- Presentation - Modern Contemporary design and well presented gardens will make the world of difference. Avoid patterns and bright colours. Exterior presentation is also very important, often all 'first impressions count'.
- Appliances - Properties with fitted appliances (certified) such as, hobs, dishwashers and washer dryers are extremely desirable.
- Managed or Unmanaged - Which is right for you? we offer a fully managed service to relieve the landlord free from the day to day management of their investment. Many first time landlords also find this helpful, whilst they get to grips with how the process works.
- Rental Value - Be pragmatic when considering your monthly amount trying to push for an extra £25.00 per calendar month may be the difference between letting your property immediately or going a month or two with no rent at all.
- Insurance and regulations - Make sure your insurances, gas safety cert + EPC etc are all in place prior to your tenant moving in, leave a list of useful contacts numbers for your tenants, eg plumbers and maintenance services. Don't forget to allow your tenants some space, it's home for them now!