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 – Legionnaire’s disease Part 2: The control the relevant part of Legionella in hot and cold water […]

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 statutory duty on landlords with respect to the safety of electrical equipment: 1. The Consumer […]

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 efficiency of our buildings, including: introducing energy performance certificates (EPCs) for properties providing A-G efficiency […]

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 and  are needed for rented homes the first time the property is let after 1 […]

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 of the Housing Act 1988 provides a no blame eviction process where the landlord does […]

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