In most cases, this is very good especially when renting real estate as it protects both the landlord and the tenant.
But this does not mean that tapping or collecting documents will be easy or fun especially if you are the one who brings it all together.
For homeowners, there are many landlord safety certificates that must be obtained before they are rented – and unfortunately, it is not always clear which one you are legally obliged to handle yourself. With this in mind, here is a list of all the certificates a landlord needs to rent real estate.
- 1 1. Energy efficiency certificate (EPC)
- 2 2. Minimum ratings of EPC
- 3 3. Electrical safety certificates or EICR
- 4 4. Gas safety certificate CP12
- 5 5. Fire safety control
- 6 6. Legionella risk assessment
- 7 7. Paperwork for deposit protection
- 8 8. Insurance Management for the landlord
- 9 9. Manage landlord safety certificates
1. Energy efficiency certificate (EPC)
Cold, dirty houses mean a decline for tenants and reduce energy consumption in the UK. It is therefore not surprising that the EPC, which monitors and evaluates the energy efficiency of your home, is now one of the most reliable certificates on the rental market.
Indeed, fines for not having a valid EPC before your property is put up for sale can go up to £ 5,000.
2. Minimum ratings of EPC
The new requirements stipulate that real estate cannot be rented or can continue to be issued if it has an energy efficiency certificate of F or G.
As of April 2018, the minimum Pass EPC score has been raised to E and any property that does not meet this standard will be considered legally undeliverable. So it is best to equip these windows with double glazing and fill these cracks now.
3. Electrical safety certificates or EICR
Open wires, faulty connections, and appliances that are out of order: The last thing you want is to damage the tenant in your home or an electrical fire that can damage your property.
Consequently, the lessor is obliged to ensure that all electrical equipment supplied is tested annually and, in the event of an accident, to conduct a full electrical safety check every five years.
4. Gas safety certificate CP12
Do not wait until the tenant calls you on a gas smell. By law, all landlords must perform annual gas safety checks, which must be conducted by a registered gas safe engineer. As part of the inspection, all equipment, vents, and pipes must be checked – and a copy of the certificate provided to the tenants.
5. Fire safety control
This is not a specific certificate, but general fire safety is an extremely important set of obligations that all landlords must meet.
For example, a fire alarm should be installed on every floor of the building and a carbon monoxide alarm in every room with a solid fuel-burning device.
All furniture must be fireproof – this means that it has the labels “matches” and “cigarettes” on it and that fire extinguishers must be provided in multi-room houses.
See Government Fire Ordinance (FSO) Regulation for details on all rules that landlords must follow when assessing their properties for fire safety. In addition, a number of private organizations are licensed to conduct an assessment on your behalf.
6. Legionella risk assessment
Legionella is a particularly unpleasant bacterium that multiplies in air conditioning, central heating, and sanitary systems. Despite being deadly, it is almost impossible to detect unless checked by a qualified person.
As such, landlords are required to conduct a risk assessment in accordance with the rules for the control of hazardous substances (2002).
7. Paperwork for deposit protection
Not really a landlord safety certificate, but still worth mentioning. If tenants have paid you a deposit directly as a landlord, you are required by law to deposit this amount into a government-recognized rental insurance scheme (TDP).
After making a deposit, the landlord is also required to provide tenants with contact details for TDP, as well as all information on how their deposit is stored, the conditions under which the landlord can request a refund of the deposit, as well as information on how the tenant applies, can refund.
8. Insurance Management for the landlord
Some insurance policies are updated automatically. If you’re not looking for a new deal every year, this probably isn’t a big deal. There are so many deals for new customers that you can save money without forgetting shopping at the end of the contract.
Many companies have a special place where you can record your insurance details and receive reminders before the renewal date. If you have a lot of rental contracts, this can be helpful if you need to file a claim as it’s easy to see the key insurance details for each of your properties.
9. Manage landlord safety certificates
Insurance is not the only thing that expires. Landlord safety certificates, such as gas safety checks and electrical checks, are a must for landlords.
Like insurance, you can include the details for them in many insurance companies and set up an early warning so that you get a notification when it’s time to update them.