What do we need to ensure our property is compliant?
When it comes to renting out your house, we understand the need for trustworthy and reliable people to be the ones looking after it. With over 20 years of property experience, our letting agents know the lettings process like the back of their hands.
Whilst having a property with gorgeous views, unique furniture and classic features is delightful and will have you stand out in the market, it’s not the only thing your property needs to check off. There are 5 mandatory components to ensure your home meets the legal requirements of letting a property:
Gas Safety Certificate
It is vital that gas appliances are regularly checked, as maintenance can prevent gas leaks and prevent carbon monoxide from being released. This must be renewed every 12 months by a registered engineer, who will inspect the condition of all gas pipework and test for leaks. You will then be provided with a report that lists all of the checks they have carried out and any repairs/observations surrounding the inspection.
Chimney Sweep Certificate
A chimney sweep has to be performed on every chimney in the property, to assess and reduce the risk of a fire in your home. Your chimney sweep can also provide advice on your chimney, heating appliances, what fuels to use and the best practice for fuel storage and supply. This needs to be performed every 12 months.
Proof of Fire Safety Standards
To ensure safety in your home, you need to provide proof of fire safety standards, these include fire alarms, smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors (other precautions can include a fire escape plan, marked fire exit, fire blanket and extinguisher). A simple photo of these to your letting agent will do, however it is recommended that you check the batteries and test the alarm at least every 6 months.
Energy Performance Certificate
An EPC tells you how efficient a building is, providing the property with a rating from A (very efficient) to G (inefficient). When a test is performed, they can tell you how costly it is to heat and light your property, as well as its carbon dioxide emissions. An EPC also includes information on what the energy efficiency rating could be, if you implemented the recommended improvements. EPCs are valid for 10 years from the date of issue, but not all properties require an EPC, as some are listed buildings. To check whether your property is listed, you can search your address on: British Listed Buildings
Electrical Installation Condition Report
An EICR involves a combination of inspection and testing to determine if the electrical installation is safe for continued use, and on completion a report is issued. The information from the report can be used to develop safety measures to mitigate danger until remedial works can take place, such as isolation of an affected circuit. These are required every 5 years.
How can we ensure this?
These factors may seem like a lot, but with the help of our management services, The Cotswold Letting Agency can organize and book these services in for you, store them securely and remind you of upcoming expiry dates.
Some other things to consider when letting your Cotswolds property are covered in our FAQs and you can find out more about why a Burford letting agent is a great choice here.