Landlord Requirements

Landlord Requirements

Prior to Leasing your property, Landlords are required to have the following documents in

place;

  1. Landlord Registration.
  2. Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
  3. Gas Safety Certificate
  4. Electrical Installation Condition Report
  5. Portable Appliance Test (PAT)

The property must also meet the ‘Repairing Standard’. More information on all of these can be found below;

  1. Landlord Registration: Under Part 8 of the 2004 Act, prior to marketing a property, all private Landlords must register with the Local Authority if letting residential property. >Failure to register is a criminal offence and subject to a penalty of up to £50,000. The fee to register is £55 plus £11 for each property. Landlords can register directly online by logging onto www.landlordregistrationscotland.gov.uk. Our Agents Registration number is available on request.
  2. Energy Performance Certificate (EPC): Under the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EBPD), all EU member states must promote the energy performance of new and existing buildings. This means a legal requirement to provide an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) to the leasing agency before marketing can begin. The liability for failure to comply with this obligation is solely with the Landlord and as such, the Agent shall have no liability whatsoever under these terms and conditions and/or any Tenant and/or Landlord in respect of Energy Performance Certificates and/or renewal.
  3. The Gas Safety (Installations and Use) Regulations 1998: Anyone letting property must comply with the aforementioned law which applies to any type of gas installation, including Liquid Propane Gas. All tenants must be given a copy of the annual gas safety certificate, showing that all gas installations and appliances have been checked by a Gas Safe registered engineer. All servicing, repairs or replacement of gas appliances or installations must be carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Morna Petrano Property Leasing can arrange for a Gas Safety Inspection to be carried out at the Landlord’s expense prior to the tenancy commencing. Under this Agreement, MPPL can arrange for the renewal of the Gas Safety Certificate up to one month prior to the expiry of the certificate, deducting the cost from the rental income from the property. Other than as provided, the Agent shall have no liability whatsoever under these terms and conditions and/or to any Tenant and/or Landlord in respect of gas inspections, gas safety and/or renewal. A carbon monoxide detector should be in place beside each gas appliance and this will be checked on an annual basis when the gas inspection is done.
  4. The Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 – Smoke Alarms: The Landlord is obliged to provide a smoke alarm. Smoke detectors should be on each floor, mains powered and interconnected. If you do not have this in place, Morna Petrano Property Leasing can advise of suitable tradesmen to get your property up to the required standard.
  5. The Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 - Electrical Safety Inspection: As of the 1st December 2015, Landlords are required to ensure that your property is electrically safe. Landlords should be able to prove that the following are all in working order:
    • Installation in the property for the supply of electricity
    • Electrical fixtures and fittings
    • Appliances provided by the landlord under the tenancy
    • 2 electrical safety checks should be carried out at the property;

    • Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) – Checks on the safety of the electrical installations, fixtures and fittings.
    • Portable Appliance Test (PAT) - Checks are required on appliances provided by the landlord, but not those belonging to the tenant or items less than 12 months old. Once certificates are accredited, they must be kept for 6 years. An EICR is required at the property before any new tenancies commencing from the 1st December 2015 begin. If they tenancy was in place prior to this date, an EICR must be completed prior to 1st December 2016.
  6. The Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 – The Repairing Standard: As a Landlord you are required to ensure that the property meets the Repairing Standard under the above Act – this involves ensuring:
    • The property is wind and water tight and reasonably fit for human habitation (taking account of the extent to which the house falls short of any building regulations, because of disrepair or sanitary defects);
    • The structure and exterior of the Property (including drains, gutters and external pipes) are in reasonable repair and proper working order (having regard to the property’s age, character and prospective life and the locality). Where the Property forms part of a premises (e.g. a flat), this criterion includes any part of the premises that the owner is responsible for maintaining solely or communally, but the Repairing Standard only applies if any part of, or anything in, the premises that the tenant is entitled to use adversely affected
    • The installations in the Property for the supply of water, gas and electricity and for sanitation, space heating water are in reasonable repair and property working order (including installations outside the house but serving it, and which the owner is responsible for maintaining, solely or communally)
    • Any fixtures, fittings and appliances provided under the tenancy are in reasonable repair and proper working order
    • Any furnishings provided under the tenancy are capable of being used safely for the purpose for which they are designed;
    • There is a satisfactory provision for smoke alarms. It is a Landlord’s duty to make sure that a house meets the Repairing Standard at the start of the tenancy and at all times during it. The Landlord must inspect the house before thetenancy starts, in order to identify work necessary to meet the Standard and must notify the tenant of any work. Once the tenancy starts, the duty only applies where the Landlord is aware that work needs to be done, for example, because the tenant has told them about this. The Landlord must then carry out the work within a reasonable time. The Agents shall have no liability whatsoever under these Terms and Conditions and/or to any Tenant and/or Landlord in respect of maintenance of the Property.
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Morna Killian ,23 August 2016

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