Safety Requirements

Gas appliances and equipment

The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1988 place a legal obligation on Landlords to maintain all your appliances in the property and ensure annual safety checks and inspections are carried out by a gas safe registered engineer (formerly CORGI).

A full gas safety record must be in place prior to the commencement of and during the tenancy period.

Electrical Appliances and Equipment

The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 applies to electrical apparatus and requires the Landlord to ensure all items are safe.

We recommend the property has a full electrical inspection (by a N.C.E.C. registered electrician) prior to the commencement of the tenancy.

Furniture and Furnishings

The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 amended 1989 and 1993 provide that specific items supplied in the course of letting a property must meet the minimum, fire resistance standards.

Items which comply have a permanent label attached, non-compliant items must be removed before the tenancy commences.

Smoke Alarms

Although there is currently no legislation making the fitting of smoke alarms compulsory, we strongly recommend the Landlord fit at least one alarm on each floor.


Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)

From the 1st October 2008 home owners are responsible for the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), this needs to be prepared by a Domestic Energy Assessor and should be provided at the marketing stage.

The EPC must be provided to the Tenant prior to the completion of the tenancy agreement.

Energy Performance Certificates last for a 10 year period.

Oakgreen Property can arrange for completion of an Energy Performance Certificate on your behalf.

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Tenancy Bonds

In April 2007 a Tenancy Deposit Law was created to provide protection for Tenants to prevent Landlords from unreasonably withholding a deposit at the end of the tenancy period.

The bond must be placed in a government-authorised tenancy deposit scheme at the beginning of the tenancy agreement (Tenant to be formally notified within 14 days).
Provided the property is in the same condition at the end of the tenancy the bond must be returned to the Tenant within 10 days.