Legal Responsibilities

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As a landlord, you have a number of legal responsibilities you MUST fulfil. We can facilitate many of these for you saving you time and hassle. ​

The Gas Safety Regulations 1998 (GSIUR) outline your duties as a landlord to make sure all gas appliances, fittings, chimneys and flues are safe and working efficiently. You’ve got three main legal responsibilities:

  • Gas Safety Checks – An annual gas safety check to issue you with a Landlord Gas Safety Record (LGSR)
  • Gas Safety Record – By law, a copy of your LGSR should be given to your current tenants within 28 days of the gas safety check
  • Maintenance – You’ll need to make sure that all gas pipework, appliances, chimneys and flues are kept in safe condition.  For this, Gas Safe recommend an annual service.

Visit our Gas Safety page to find out more.

Boilers need regular servicing to make sure they’re safe and running efficiently and boiler maintenance should be a priority for landlords because, as a landlord, you’re legally required to service the boiler in your rental properties every year.

Visit our Boiler Servicing page to find out more.

As a landlord you have an obligation to make sure that your tenants have homes that are safe to live in. The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2021 require:
  • That you have a Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) carried out on your property at least every five years.
  •  A copy of this should be given to existing tenants within 28 days of the inspection and to all new tenants before they move in.

Visit our EICR page to find out more.

Landlords must provide an Energy Performance Certificate to all new and prospective tenants during the viewing, or at least before the tenancy agreement is signed.

A certificate is valid for 10 years, and then property needs to be reassessed again and issued with a new and valid certificate.

Since 1st April 2018 it has been a legal requirement for landlords to ensure their rental properties in England & Wales have a minimum EPC rating of ‘E for new tenancies and renewals.