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How do I get legally ready to let?

You may be surprised at how straightforward conforming to regulations can be.

Essentially there are three areas that must be addressed before we can allow a tenant to move into a property (though other areas must be considered):

Gas Safety Certificate.
This must be in place before a tenant moves into the property, ensuring that any gas appliances, fittings and flues are safe to use. We would keep a copy of the certificate on our records and provide your tenant with a copy prior to the tenancy. We can also arrange annual certificate renewal. Don't leave this to the last minute. We often see landlords arrange this only a couple of days before tenants are due to move in, which means that if any works are required before certificate can be issued, it leaves very little time and often results in pushing back move in dates and disappointing tenants in the process.   

Remember, it will remain the duty of the landlord to maintain and repair any such appliances, flues and pipework, and all works must be carried out by a registered Gas Safety engineer.

Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
All properties introduced to the lettings market must have an Energy Performance Certificate. Each certificate is valid for 10 years. More often than not this is an expense most landlords are able to side step. As when purchasing your buy-to-let investment you will find an EPC in place already. 

Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations
It is compulsory for a smoke alarm to be fitted to each storey of living accommodation. They can be battery operated alarms and do not have to be mains wired. Carbon monoxide alarms are only required if the accommodation features a solid fuel burning appliance, such as log burners and open fires. Upon our periodic inspections we will always check the alarms to ensure they are in working order.

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