Legal requirements prior to letting your property
- You must have an up to date Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for your property, unless it is listed in which case it will be exempt from this requirement. An EPC is valid for up to ten years. From April 2020, all let properties must meet the requirement of having an EPC rating of an E or above. If you have any queries in relation to your property’s EPC, or need to obtain an EPC, please get in touch.
- You must have an up to date gas safety certificate for your property. A gas safety certificate is required annually and is a legal requirement.
- You must notify your insurers that the property is going to be let.
- The electrical supply and appliances must all be safe prior to the start of a tenancy. Howie, Kent & Co recommend that an electrical inspection is carried out prior to a new tenancy and all electrical appliances have a Periodic Appliance Test.
- There must be a smoke alarm installed on each floor of the property.
- If there are any sold fuel appliances at the property, a carbon monoxide alarm must also be installed.
- The above list is not exhaustive but are recommendations for your property prior to letting.