Landlords have a legal duty to protect their tenants from dangers within their rental properties. Failure to do so can result in serious financial penalties and in some cases legal action.
Aside from the well known annual gas safety certificates there is now the legal responsibility to ensure rental properties have a legionella risk assessment carried out plus working carbon monoxide and fire alarms fitted. Whilst carbon monoxide alarms are only required to be fitted to rooms where there are solid fuel burning appliances fitted, most reputable landlords and letting agents fit carbon monoxide alarms to all properties regardless of fuel type as best practice.
There have also been recent changes to electrical protections. Here are the key facts that landlords and letting agents need to know: