As a landlord, you owe a duty of care to the tenant and you must meet safety obligations under the law. In particular make sure you consider: gas safety, electrical safety, fire safety.
All gas equipment supplied at the property must be installed and maintained by a competent engineer who is Gas Safe registered.
You must carry out a gas safety check every twelve months; keep a copy of the gas safety record of each appliance for at least two years; list any defects found and/or any remedial action taken in the certificates; install a carbon monoxide detector near gas appliances.
All electrical appliances (cookers, washing machines, heaters) and equipment (plugs, leads, sockets, light fittings) must be safe, undamaged and carry the British Safety Standard sign. Any faulty items must be removed or replaced.
Landlords in England must also comply with the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020. Under the Regulations, private landlords are required to ensure that all electrical installations are inspected and tested by a registered electrician at least once every 5 years. The electrician will give a report to the landlord which will explain the outcomes of the inspection and will list any investigative or remedial work required. For more information, read Electrical safety in rented property.
Furnishings supplied in the property must meet fire resistance standards. Such items include upholstered furniture, beds, headboards and mattresses, futons, sofa beds, garden furniture, scatter cushions, pillows, covers.
Non-compliant items must be removed before the tenant moves into the property.
All properties must have at least one smoke alarm on each floor.