AML is a legal requirement for all estate agents, with HMRC targeting any criminal activity in the property sector. Every time you market a property with an estate agent you'll need to provide a valid photo ID and a recent utility bill. We will perform these same checks on your prospective tenants.
Energy Performance Certificate
An EPC is a compulsory review of how energy efficient a property is. It is a legal requirement for landlords to have a valid EPC in place with a minimum band E rating before the property is advertised for let.
Gas Safety Certificate
A compulsory test proving that gas appliances and supply points in the property are safe.
These certificates must be renewed every 12 months by a registered engineer who will check the flue and appliance.
The Electrical Installation Condition report (EICR) assesses the internal electrics in your property. This must be completed every five years and ensures that all fixed electrical equipment is in safe working order. This is currently mandatory for all HMOs and is soon to be made mandatory for all new tenancies from the 1st July 2020 and existing tenancies from 1st April 2021.
Smoke and CO2 Alarms
All rental properties must have a smoke alarm fitted on each floor. We also advise fitting a carbon monoxide alarm in any room with a boiler, even though this is not a legal requirement unless there is a solid fuel-burning appliance in the room. If your property is licenced the requirements are different, please see our licence page here.
While uncommon, it is the responsibility of all landlords to assess their properties for risk.
A very simple initial assessment will show if water systems in your properties are at risk. Most normal domestic systems are considered low-risk due to the regular usage and flow of water, limiting standing water.
Right to Rent
It is a legal requirement to thoroughly check a tenant's right to rent a property in the UK. All prospective tenants over 18 years of age must be checked.
Clean and Check-in
Rental properties must be clean when a tenant moves in, and a check-in records the state of the property at the time.
This makes both the move-in and move-out process run smoothly and minimises disagreements and delays when claiming for cleaning or damages at the end of a tenancy.
We advise a professional clean before the move-in date and an independent inventory at check-in to record the exact condition of all spaces inside and outside the property.
Newcastle City Council now run 3 different licensing schemes, mandatory, additional and selective licensing. If your a landlord and would like free advice regarding this please contact us now.