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DISCRIMINATION
Disability discrimination act of 2005 requires landlords to be receptive to requests to make reasonable adjustments to
their accommodation to facilitate easier living. The code of practice does not impose legal obligations but provides helpful
information. As with all other areas of society, discrimination on the grounds of race, religion or sexuality is illegal.
COMPLIANCE ISSUES
GAS SAFETY
(INSTALLATIONS AND USE) REGULATIONS 1998
Where gas is provided to a property, both mains and liquid gas, the regulations require appliances and fues to be serviced
every 12 months and the issue of a Landlords Gas Safety Certifcate, renewed annually, by an authorized and registered
Gas Safe engineer. A copy of the certifcate must be provided to the tenant within 28 days of date of issue. We cannot allow
a tenant into the property without a copy of a valid certifcate. For managed properties we will automatically arrange renew-
als. Rent Collect clients will be advised of the renewal date and our intention to instruct an engineer at their cost, unless we
hear to the contrary. For Let Only clients we will notify you by letter four weeks in advance of your responsibility for renewal.
ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT
(SAFETY ) REGULATIONS 1994
Whilst there is no statutory regulation for periodic safety inspections, it is the landlord’s legal responsibility to ensure the
property is ‘safe’ for lettings purpose. We therefore strongly recommend that the mains supply is checked at the start of
the lettings process and thereafter as recommended by a qualifed electrical engineer. It is also important that all portable
appliances in a rental property be ftted with an appropriate plug (BS1363) and we recommend they are tested at least
once a year by a qualifed electrical engineer.
FURNITURE AND FURNISHINGS
(FIRE) (SAFETY) REGULATIONS 1988 (AS AMENDED)
Any soft furnishing left in a let property must comply with the above regulations. Generally soft furnishing manufactured
after March 1990 will comply although must have the relevant fre resistant/retardant labels attached. Any unlabelled
furniture is deemed non-compliant (unless it is antique horsehair flled and has not been reupholstered).
SMOKE DETECTORS
All new houses built since June 1992 must be ftted with mains operated detectors on each foor; it is strongly recom-
mended in all other properties that detectors conforming to BS5446 part 1 are attached to each foor and checked regularly.
CARBON MONOXIDE
(CO)
Landlords have a duty of care to ensure the regular maintenance and repair of oil fred or solid fuel heating systems and
that adequate fues and ventilation are provided. It is also highly recommended to have a CO alarm ftted.
ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATE
(EPC)
Since October 2008 it has been a legal requirement for an EPC assessment on all rental proper-
ties, the certifcate has to be in place prior to marketing, will last for 10 years and is transferable to
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