Joplings aim is to provide a professional service to our clients, we pride ourselves on providing a tailor made service to suit individual client’s needs. Our expertise, combined with a local knowledge of the area, makes us perfectly placed to offer advice on the management of your property. We take a personal interest in providing you with the best possible service and have a careful selection process for Tenants.
Our experienced staff have an in-depth knowledge of the letting market, to achieve the best possible rent for your property and the technical knowhow to oversee and manage your property for a hassle free term of tenancy.
Whatever your needs, we are sure to have the answer for you. Our specialist rental valuers and management team is always on hand to provide you with advice as well as securing you the correct Tenant for your property.
Firstly as a landlord you want to know what is it going to cost to get your property tenanted?
From 1st October 2008 landlords in England and Wales it is a legal requirement to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for your property. The EPC is valid for 10 years. The purpose of the certificate is to show the tenant how energy efficient the property is prior to moving in. A property cannot be marketed without an EPC see attached letter for price structure. Joplings are currently using Apex Plans but there are other companies that conduct EPC if you wish to use an alternative.
Whether requiring the Introduction Only or the Full Management service, Landlords have responsibility for the safety of both their own property and the Tenant during the tenancy. The following regulations must be adhered to without fail by the Landlord and as Agents, we must ensure that they are carried out.
Furniture and Furnishings Regulations
With effect from 1st March 1993 all Landlords of residential property must comply with the Furniture and Furnishing (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 (as amended in 1993). This requires that upholstered furniture made after 1950 must be fire resistant and have passed an ignitability test. This regulation applies to:
Beds, including mattresses and headboards
Sofa beds and futons
Scatter cushions and seat pads (eg on dining chairs)
Loose covers for furniture
Garden furniture suitable for use in a dwelling.
It does not apply to furniture made before 1950 as materials used before this date are not considered hazardous.
There are criminal penalties for Landlords who do not comply, including fines and/or imprisonment. Joplings recommend that properties are let unfurnished.
Electrical Safety Regulations
The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 require any person supplying electrical equipment to ensure that it is safe. Examples include:
Electrical appliances (Portable Appliance Test – PAT) should be inspected on an annual basis and a certificate kept on file. On average PAT testing cost about £7 per appliance. In addition the fixed wiring should be checked at the commencement of each tenancy prices start around £130 depending on the size of the property.
Gas Safety Regulations
It is important that all Landlords are aware of the Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations 1994.
Only GAS SAFE (Council for Registered Gas Installers) registered engineers are allowed to carry out work to any gas appliance or fitting.
All gas appliances must be checked annually by a GAS SAFE registered engineer and a certificate issued.
Tenants must receive a copy of the Landlord’s Gas Safety Certificate at the commencement of the Tenancy and within 28 days of renewal.
Gas appliances with open flues must not be installed in a bedroom, bathroom or shower room, or any other room used for sleeping.
Instructions should be provided to the Tenant for any installed gas appliance and a key available where the gas meter is installed in a lockable box.
Specific safety checks and tests must be carried out after any work has been done on any gas appliance.
There are criminal penalties for Landlords who do not comply. The maximum penalty for non-compliance is a fine of £20,000 and/or imprisonment. Prices start from £70 onwards depending on the size of the property.
All properties built since June 1992 must have been fitted with mains powered smoke detector alarms from new. Although there is no legislation requiring smoke alarms to be fitted in other ordinary tenanted properties, it is generally considered that the common law ‘duty of care’ means that Landlords and their Agents could be liable should a fire cause injury or damage in a tenanted property where smoke alarms are not fitted. We therefore strongly recommend that the Landlord fit at least one alarm on each floor (in the hall and landing areas).