Once you are ready to move ahead with letting, there are a number of important legal requirements and landlord responsibilities relating to the property that must be considered:
If the property is self-contained, have you got an energy performance certificate (EPC)? This certificate compares the property’s current and potential energy efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions.
Have you checked that all gas appliances and equipment have been fully serviced by a registered engineer?
Are all gas safety records kept in a safe and secure place? For more information, see here. You must provide your tenants with an annual gas safety certificate.
Has all the electrical wiring been checked and safety approved by a qualified electrician?
Have you updated your Local Authority council tax department that the property will be let?
Have you spoken to your insurance company? If you don’t let your insurance company know you are letting your property, you may not be covered in the event of damage, fire or theft at the property.
Have you decided what will be included in the letting? It is important to prepare an inventory of all of the furniture, fixtures and fittings that the tenant(s) can use.
Do all the furniture, fixtures and fittings at the property meet the safety guidelines? As a general guide, any furniture made before 1988 is unlikely to meet the standard.