As a landlord, it is your responsibility to ensure your property is safe and secure for tenants.
To help ensure your property is up to the required standards, we at Discount Landlord have made a list that you can work through:
Most break-ins use windows as a means to gain entry to a property. If windows are fitted without locks, then it makes it even easier for burglars as they can enter without making much noise.
This is why you should be sure to fit adequate window locks – it is, however, also worth considering of restricting how far windows can open, which can be useful for tenants with children.
A burglar alarm is both an alert in case of a break-in, but also a deterrent to thieves who know that your property is more secure and is more likely to avoid it if there is a visible alarm.
By securing the property with a burglar alarm your tenants will know you are serious about ensuring their safety, and that of their belongings.
These are normally simple to install and cheap to purchase, yet outside lights can also deter burglars as there aren’t as many dark spots for them to sneak around in; they can also prevent accidents when tenants and their guests can’t see where they’re going properly in the dark.
All gas appliances must be fitted by a Gas Safe registered engineer, and each of them should be checked annually. You should provide tenants with a copy of the gas safety check record before they move in or within 28 days of the check.
Make sure that all electrical sockets and light fittings as well as appliances such as cookers and kettles provided are safe for use. Have a proper inspection carried out by a professional electrician.
You will need to follow all fire safety regulations, by making sure that your tenants have clear access to escape routes, all furniture and furnishings are good quality so that they are fire safe, and smoke alarms are fitted – and if necessary, due to the size of the property, fire extinguishers also.
Your responsibilities in this area include ensuring boilers are properly installed and maintained, as well as radiators and pipes, but also external drains, sewers and waste pipes.
With so much to think about it may be worth considering Emergency Cover for complete peace of mind.
If you own a commercial property, you may be responsible for asbestos unless your contract or lease say otherwise. You should therefore have your property checked for asbestos by an expert and implement any recommendations.
Repairs and Maintenance
Your property needs to be safe and fit to live in, and therefore if there are any repairs which need doing then you need to ensure these are taken care of to a high standard and in a timely manner whilst minimising the disruption to your tenants.
Health and Safety Inspections
You may have a Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) inspection carried out, which your local council uses to ensure all properties within the area are safe to live in.