Landlord's Fees

Landlord's Guide

Safety Legislation
1. The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998

It is a legal requirement for you as a Landlord to have all gas appliances, pipework, fittings and flues inspected annually by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
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2. The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994

All electrical installation and appliances in the property must be safe. All portable appliances (PAT) should be tested on an annual basis by a qualified electrician. Follow the link for more information.
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3. The Plugs and Sockets (Safety) Regulations 1994

Any plug, socket or adapter supplied for domestic use must comply with the current legislation.
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4. The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015

This legislation requires a smoke alarm to be installed and working on each floor within the property and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room where a solid fuel burning appliance exists. For example, a wood burning stove, AGA, or open fireplace. Landlords must make sure that all alarms are working prior to the commencement of each new tenancy. Follow the link for more information.
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5. The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) (Amendment) Regulations

It is the landlord’s responsibility to ensure that all upholstered furniture and furnishings such as beds, cushions, curtains and garden furniture comply. This is a legal requirement. Follow the link for more information.
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6. Legionella and Legionnaires Disease

Landlords have a legal obligation to carry out a risk assessment and carry out any actions as a result of that assessment.
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Professional Inventories
Inventories are indispensable to the administration and maintenance of a property and should never be undervalued. In short, they promote a positive, honest and fair relationship between a Landlord and Tenant, and serve to avoid any misunderstandings. We use professional independent inventory clerks who specialise in preparing and managing inventories. It is their job to visit properties and record thoroughly everything inside them, as well as their state of repair. This document is essential to protect the condition of your property. Without this document, the Landlord may have no legal entitlement in the event of a dispute and therefore may not be able to make any deductions from a Tenant's deposit.

Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
It is a legal requirement for all Landlords to provide an Energy Performance Certificate to a new tenant. EPC’s are valid for 10 years. More information.

Tenant Referencing
There's no absolutely guarantee but having an effective screening process, which includes having your tenants complete a comprehensive Tenancy Application Form and undertaking thorough credit & reference checks, considerably reduces your risk of taking on a problem tenant. Under the new rules of The Immigration Act 2014, landlords who fail to check a potential tenant’s ‘Right to Rent’ will face penalties of up to £3,000 per tenant. We offer a Right to Rent Check on all prospective tenants in addition to a comprehensive check.

Deposit Protection
DJP register all tenant deposits with The Deposit Protection Service in line with the Housing Act 2004 which requires Tenancy Deposit Protection for all Assured Shorthold Tenancies (AST’s). We will also liaise with all parties when it comes to the end of the tenancy and the release of the deposit.

Insurance
As a landlord, you will need a particular type of insurance for properties you rent out to tenants. This cover usually includes the same type of protection as your usual house insurance, such as cover for buildings and contents in the event of a range of circumstances. However, you need certain extra cover as a landlord, including for:

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