Landlord & Tenant Information

Legionella Testing

Before considering carrying out a risk assessment you should familiarise yourself in particular with the following HSE publications:   Quick Guide to Legionnaire’s risk assessment including a free risk assessment form Legionnaire’s disease: A brief guide for dutyholders –http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg458.pdf Legionnaire’s...

Portable Appliance Testing PAT

There is a duty on landlords to ensure that all electrical equipment supplied by them, either new or second hand, is safe for use by their tenants. This is because there are two primary Acts of Parliament that impose a...

Energy Performance of Buildings

New measures to improve the energy performance of our buildings. Buildings are responsible for almost 50 per cent of the UK’s energy consumption and carbon emissions. Communities and Local Government has introduced measures in England and Wales to improve the energy...

Energy Performance Certificates explained

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is required for all homes whenever built, rented or sold. If you are buying or selling a home it is now law to have a certificate. They are also required on construction of new homes...

Section 21 Notices

Perhaps now is an opportune time to review the process of using section 21 notices as a recent court decision (Spencer v Taylor 2013), after 25 years of use of these notices, could be a real game changer. Section 21...

Winning Deposit Disputes

Landlords take deposits to give them financial security should tenants: (1) cause damage in the property, (2) leave the place needing extensive cleaning, (3) leave possessions in the property which need expensive removal, or (3) leave owing rent. Landlords /...

Carbon Monoxide & Smoke Detectors Requirements from 1st October 2015

From the 1st October 2015 regulations require both smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms to be installed in rented residential accommodation. Changes are also made to the licence requirements in relation to houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), such as shared...

Tenancy Deposit Schemes

Letting a property can be financially worthwhile, and in today’s property market renting is becoming the favoured option for an increasing number of people. The latest development is the introduction of Tenancy Deposit Schemes.   If you are considering becoming...

Checking Tenants In & Out

When you rent out a property two vital stages in the process are when you check-in your tenants at the start of the tenancy and check-out at the end. Preparation is the key to a trouble free let. When you...