As Gas Safety Week comes to a close it serves as a timely reminder for landlords of their duties when it comes to gas safety in a rental property. It also serves to highlight the benefits to landlords of using a reliable property management company.
The responsibilities of landlords when it comes to gas safety are very important given that the lives of tenants are at stake. Gas safety isn’t just a case of ticking the right boxes but it is about ensuring a property is safe to live in and that all appliances are compliant with the law. Having a gas appliance that is not cared for or maintained could lead to property damage by way of fires, gas leaks and explosions or it could have life threatening consequences for tenants via Carbon Monoxide poisoning.
That being said as property management experts we understand how difficult it can be for landlords to keep track of all their records, particularly when it comes to having multiple properties and HMO’s. Whilst we also understand that the landlords we work with recognise their duty of care we can offer a service that means some of the pressure is taken away by keeping on top of checks such as annual gas safety checks on the landlord’s behalf.
A property management company could offer landlords much more than the administration of a property and the vetting of tenants. A quality company could become the ideal partner to a landlord and not only assist with the initial letting of a property but the whole process, giving peace of mind that any rental investment is in safe hands.
Gas safety isn’t the only legal requirement for landlords to comply with – there is a full range of requirements for landlords to contend with that a property management company could assist with such as:
Energy Performance Certificates – prior to tenants moving in there should usually be an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) in place. Tenants should be provided with a copy of the certificate upon taking up a tenancy.
HMO Licence – depending on the local authority a house of multiple occupation (HMO) could well be needed prior to letting. The local authority should be able to give advice on which type of properties may require a license.
Fire Safety – in a HMO any fire alarms that are provided need to be checked regularly. The means of exit from the property must also remain unobstructed and against documentation could be required to prove this is being checked at regular intervals.
Electrical inspections – even if a HMO property doesn’t need a license there is still a requirement to have a 5 yearly electrical safety check. This should be completed by a competent electrician and is required for any shared house, flat or bedsit that is classed as a HMO.
These are just a handful of requirements along with Gas Safety that could be needed by landlords and that a property management company could help with. It is worth checking how they would manage the process for a particular property to get an idea of how much time and pressure it could save.