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Landlords responsibilities

As a landlord what’s my responsibility to BTC Lettings and Management?

Under common law, landlords must ensure the safety and maintenance of rented property and their contents so that no injury or damage is caused to the occupants, neighbours or the public. Fulfilling your responsibilities as a landlord during a tenancy can be very time consuming, and therefore, more than often landlords will opt to carry out our management service. Under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, you have 3 main areas of responsibility when your property is let under an assured shorthold tenancy:

Repairs

Landlords are obligated to keep the structure and exterior of the property in a good state of repair. You have final responsibility for ensuring that the following areas are safe and fit for use, as well as effecting repairs when necessary to restore them to a fair condition:

• The structure and exterior of the property

• Any hot water installations, as well as the supply of water itself.

• Basins, sinks, baths and other sanitary or drainage installations.

• Ensuring an adequate provision of lighting, heating and ventilation.

• Treating of any health-threatening damp that occurs (not to be confused with condensation, a more common but less serious problem caused mostly by poor ventilation).

• In flats and maisonettes you must also repair any other areas of installations which you own or control and whose disrepair would affect the tenant.

• Anything else that you mutually agree with the tenant in the tenancy agreement.

Safety Gas & Electrical Appliances

The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1994 place a number of responsibilities on landlords of private residential accommodation, namely:




• Ensuring that all gas appliances are maintained in good order.

• Paying for an annual safety check to be carried out by a tradesman who is registered with CORGI (Council for Registered Gas Installers).

• You must keep a record of all the safety checks and issue a copy of the safety certificate to the tenant within 28 days of each annual check.

• You must also ensure that the electrical system and any electrical appliances that you supply such as cookers, kettles, toasters, washing machines and immersion heater are safe to use. However, you are not responsible for any appliances that the tenant is entitled to take with him or her at the end of the tenancy.

Furniture / Fire Safety

Legally, you must be able to verify that any furniture and fittings that you supply adhere to the standards set out in the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988. These regulations set levels of fire resistance for domestic upholstered furniture.

Furniture

Very few tenants will rent a property without viewing it first, so you should make sure that the property is prepared and presentable. Furnishing a property does not absolutely guarantee that you will be able to charge more rent for it. 

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