A private landlord has to make a lot of arrangements before handing over their property to a stranger. It is also a common misconception among landlords that a Property Inventory and Tenancy Agreement are the only necessary documents. It is also essential to maintain documents such as an Energy Performance Certificate, a Gas Safety Certificate and Electrical Installation Certificate. If these terms are new to you, the following text will help.
Energy Performance Certificate:-
This certificate is required whenever a property is rented and should be obtained before landlords can advertise their properties. The EPC gives idea to potential tenants about the property’s energy requirements and possible costs. The certificate also mentions a rating scaled using A to G based on their efficiency, with A being the most efficient an G being the least efficient.
The Electrical Certificate:-
It is the landlord’s responsibility to make sure that all electrical items mentioned in the property inventory are in safe working condition throughout the tenancy. For which they have to invite a qualified engineer after every 12 months to perform a detailed inspection and test on all electrical equipment. For a more detailed test that can be carried out every 5 years the landlord will be issued an Electrical Installation Condition report.
Every year landlords should have the gas appliances in their properties inspected by Gas Safe registered engineers. These engineers check to see if all pipework, appliances and flues are safe to use and meet the minimum standards set out by UK gas safety regulations.
The above mentioned documents should be made part of the property inventory. Although all documents may not be a legal requirement they will nonetheless give your tenants peace of mind that the property is safe to live in. For more information get in touch with our representatives at ZJay inventories.