Preparing your Property for Letting
Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
It is a legal requirement to make an EPC available to prospective tenants. Since 1 April 2018, regulations have been updated further so that for any new tenancies, the energy rating must be E or above. We cannot market a property without its EPC. The certificate is valid for 10 years, and is only required for self-contained properties. We can arrange this on your behalf, if required. This does not apply to Listed Buildings.
Gas Safety GS (Installation & Use) Regulations 1998
These regulations oblige anyone who owns a gas appliance, pipework and installations in a rented property, to make sure the appliance is maintained in safe condition. Any such appliance must be checked by an approved person, and an appropriate safety certificate issued, annually. The tenancy cannot begin without the appropriate certificate in place, and copies provided to the relevant parties. If you instruct us to manage the property, we will arrange to obtain the certificates on your behalf.
The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015
Since October 1st 2015 there has been a requirement for a Smoke Alarm to be installed on every floor of a let property which contains a habitable room, and for a Carbon Monoxide detector to be fitted in every room with a solid fuel burning appliance.
Furniture and Furnishings (Fire Safety) Regulations 1993
Whilst the majority of Samuel Wood properties are let unfurnished, it is important to note that it is an offence to provide upholstered furniture and other items in a let property unless they comply with what is called the ‘cigarette test’, ‘the match test’ and ‘the ignitability test’, and have a permanent label. This covers all upholstered furniture, mattresses, padded bases in head boards, pillows, cushions, children’s furniture and any furniture usually used in a garden, like conservatory furniture. (The Regulations do not apply to any furniture manufactured before 1 January 1950, unless it has been re-upholstered). .
There is no requirement to provide a report, but you must be able to formally demonstrate that the installation and all electrical appliances in the property are safe and in working order. We can arrange the necessary tests for you if you have any doubts.