Landlord Certificates are a necessity for every homeowner. If you have recently become a landlord, you must be aware of what you are legally obliged to do in order to stay above the law. They may seem a complicated and expensive one, but this blog post explains them in a simple way. UK landlords with gas appliances and fittings – including central heating, boilers and flue ducts – must perform an annual safety check by a Gas Safe engineer. If you are unsure whether the Gas Safety Regulations Act (1998) applies to you or you can find it on the government’s Health Safety Executive (HSE) website. However, if you are a landlord, it is very likely that these laws apply to you. You must maintain the security check for two years and provide new tenants with a copy of the certificate before they arrive and within 28 days of completing a new check.
Your Duties As A Landlord
As a lessor, it is your legal duty to ensure that all electrical equipment in your home is safe and maintained throughout the entire rental period. This responsibility relates to lighting fixtures and plugs, as well as internal wiring. To fix all the electrical types of equipment that are supplying via electricity meter of your home this includes in an electrical installation. Like other characteristics of your property, electrical installations deteriorate and become subject to wear and tear, so you must be well maintained. Failure to do so may result in prosecution and invalidate most of the lessor’s insurance policies. For the safety of your tenants and your company, it is important to regularly receive an electrical safety certification.
Energy Performance Certificates
Energy performance certificates (EPCs) are needed when a home is:
- rented out
You must order an EPC for potential buyers and renters before you market your property for sale or lease. In London you must display the EPC somewhere in the building, for example in the meter cupboard or next to the boiler.
An EPC contains:
- information about the energy consumption of a home and typical energy costs
- recommendations on how to reduce energy consumption and save money
- An EPC is valid for 10 years and the report gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient).
The assessor will:
- Determine the age of your building and any extensions that have been added.
- Measure your property externally or internally, depending on what is more practical to get the volume of heated space.
- Enter your loft (if possible) and determine the amount of loft insulation you have.
- Look at your boiler and hot water boiler, any space heaters and controls.
- Check your fixed lighting fixtures.
- Look for signs of cavity wall insulation.
- Retrieve all data about all renewable energy systems that are installed in the building.
- Check the type and age of any double glazing.
Who Is Required To Receive Certificates From The Lessor?
Every tenant is required to obtain landlord certificates from the proprietor. This is not only limited to homeowners and also applies to owners of:
and much more…
If you are unsure if you need to obtain owner certificates, contact our team today.
How Often Do I Need To Update My Certificates?
Your landlord certificates must be updated every year to ensure that your property is always as secure and efficient as possible. The safety of your tenants is your responsibility, so make sure you stay on top.
How Do I Get Landlord Certificates?
To receive certificates from the lessor, you must pass a number of gas safety checks. During the inspections, we test all the electrical appliances that you have supplied to ensure that they are safe and efficient. Appliances that have been checked include gas boilers, stoves, stoves and fireplaces. When your ownership passes all necessary checks, you will receive your certificates.
What Happens If The Gas Safety Checks Fail?
If you fail one of our tests, we will explain the problem to you and try to resolve it as quickly as possible. Once your property is secure, we will attempt to perform the checks again and repeat the original process.
What Should I Do If I Have My Certificates?
When you receive your landlord certificates, you must hand over a copy to any current tenants within 28 days of being issued to you. Alternatively, any new tenants must receive copies of the most recent landlord certificates as soon as they arrive. Keep your certificates in your administration for a maximum of 24 months.