Standards and guidance for landlords
Listed below is a range of information aimed at assisting landlords and managing agents of private rented property.
Latest news affecting the sector
On 26 June 2018 the government produced the following guides for tenants, landlords and leaseholders.
How to rent – a guide for current and prospective tenants
How to rent a safe home – a guide for current and prospective tenants
How to let – a guide for current and prospective private residential landlords
How to lease – a guide for current and prospective leaseholders
The Private Sector Housing team have recently been asked questions concerning what responsibilities landlords have in respect of the control and management of the risks associated with legionella. The following statement has been obtained from the HSE and applies to all landlords who provide residential accommodation:
“Landlords who provide residential accommodation, as the person in control of the premises or responsible for the water system in their premises, have a legal duty to ensure that the risk of exposure of tenants to legionella is properly assessed and controlled. This duty extends to residents, guests, tenants and customers. They can carry out a risk assessment themselves if they are competent, or employ somebody who is.”
Electrical and Gas Safety Guidance
Fire Safety in residential accommodation
Housing Health Safety Rating System
Property Redress Scheme
It is now illegal to rent a property that does not achieve an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of band E (SAP 38) or above. Please note that most electrically heated properties will not be able to achieve this basic rating. You can find the energy efficiency rating of any property by postcode.
To help keep landlords up to date with the latest developments, we produce a quarterly landlord newsletter. If you would like to receive the landlord newsletter direct to your email, then please telephone 0151 356 6410.
National Landlords Association (NLA)
As a landlord operating in Cheshire West and Chester, you have the opportunity to become an associate member of the National Landlords Association at no cost to you as a landlord. Being an associate member of the NLA gives you free access to template documents such as: tenancy agreements, rent arrears letters etc.
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