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Let Only

This service guides a landlord through the initial stage of letting the property to the point where the keys are handed over to the tenants.  From this point on, the landlord would look after or manage the property themselves.  This service may be suitable for landlords with some experience of lettings and who are confident to deal with tenants on a day to day basis. The letting service includes:

 

Full Management Service

 

Many landlords are not available to deal with the day to day running of their property or prefer to stay in the background or may be living abroad.  In these cases our management service is ideal.  The initial letting of the property would include the services as per our Let Only and Let & Rent Collect services. 

As above with the addition of

                                                                                                                                                           

Legal & Safety Regulations

 

Energy Performance Certificates (EPC)

Energy Performance Certificates came into effect from 1st October 2008. It is a legal requirement that all applicants showing interest in your property must be able to view the EPC. The EPC must be ordered before marketing commences and in place within 7 days of marketing. The full EPC should be made available, not just the graph.  If the EPC is not in place within 7 days the property will have to be removed from the market until the EPC has been done.  If you require Oaktree Lettings & Management to carry out the EPC, payment will be required upfront.

 

Gas Safety (Installation & Use) regulations 1998

Since 1st November 1994 all let properties must have a current gas safety certificate.  This must be issued by a GAS SAFE registered plumber or a British Gas engineer.  The regulations state that all installations, and maintenance of gas fittings, appliances, meters, pipe work and ventilation flues are checked for their safe use.  The certificate must be renewed annually and a copy supplied to both letting agent and tenant.  It is illegal for a plumber who is not on the GAS SAFE register to install gas appliances or carry out a gas safety certificate.

It is strongly recommended that open fires/log burners etc have the chimneys swept as a minimum once annually and at least before every letting. Appliances such as wood/coal burning stoves should be serviced at least once a year. 

 

Electrical equipment (safety) regulations 1994

The electrical equipment supplied to a let property must be safe, if in any doubt it should be checked by qualified registered electrical engineer.  There are no mandatory checks specified (unless the property is a House in Multiple Occupancy) but the Landlord has a duty of care to the tenant. Ideally the fixed wiring in a property should be checked every change of occupancy.

New regulations came in to force on 1st December 2016 stating that landlords must supply full instructions with any brand new electrical appliance. Landlord are recommended to provide these to us so that we can record and pass onto the tenants. 

 THE FURNITURE AND FURNISHINGS (FIRE) SAFETY REGULATIONS 1988 (AMENDED) 1993 & 1996

The regulations state that all soft furnishings provided within a let property must be fire resistant and have a permanently attached label stating that the item has passed the necessary ‘match’ and ‘cigarette’ tests.  All furniture purchased after 1st March 1990 should automatically comply.  Anyone found breaching these regulations faces heavy fines and/or imprisonment.  Furnishings affected include any item with foam or soft filling interiors, such as some bed bases, mattresses, sofas, chairs, cushions, headboards, futons and garden furniture, etc. They should have tags in place stating their compliance or proof of date of purchase should be provided. If this is not possible the furniture cannot stay in the property.

FIRE SAFETY REGULATIONS

As of 1st October 2015, there will be new regulations in place to require all landlords to install smoke detectors to each floor of a property. Landlords also need to fit a carbon monoxide alarm in any room which has a solid fuel appliance. We also recommend fire extinguishers and fire blankets are provided for the safety of the tenants. For full clarification of the latest recommendations for your particular property we would recommend speaking to the local council as this can vary dependant on size, amount of floors and room layout etc as the regulations vary according to property type and whether the property is a HMO.

 Legionella & Residential Property

Legionnaire’s Disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia which can affect anybody, but principally affects those who are susceptible because of age, illness, immune system problems. There are 300 to 550 reported cases of Legionnaire’s Disease in the UK each year, however it is thought that the total number of cases is underestimated, as infections which originate in the UK are often sporadic and for which no source of infection is traced.

Cases often occur in clusters and such outbreaks are usually associated with cooling tower systems and hot and cold water systems in factories, hotels, hospitals and other establishments. In private rented properties whirlpool and spa baths, hot tubs and Jacuzzi’s, shower heads and indoor fountains can pose particular hazards.

Legionnaire’s disease can be caught when infected water, in the form of an invisible aerosol is created and inhaled by a susceptible individual. This aerosol is fine water droplets and cannot be seen. There have been no specific studies, but it is estimated that 5% of domestic properties have Legionella present in their systems.  

Whilst central heating systems pose very little threat, hot and cold water tanks, shower heads do pose a threat and should be regularly checked and inspected for integrity.

The control of Legionella bacteria in water systems takes various forms under law, including specific statutes and the Approved Code of Practice and guidance, referred to as ACOP L8 describes the legal duties relating to Legionella and provides practical guidance on how to comply and who is the Duty Holder and Responsible Person.

Whilst Oaktree Lettings & Management will not carry out any Risk Assessments on your rental property, we can recommend a company to do so, being O2 Water Solutions. Their website is www.o2watersolutions.co.uk. Full information of their services can be found on the site along with further information on the matter and the laws and responsibilities involved.

SECURITY RECOMMENDATIONS

We strongly advise landlords to ensure their property is secure to a standard requested by most insurance companies.  A night latch (Yale lock) and mortise deadlock should be fitted to entrance doors and window locks should be fitted to all opening ground floor windows.  This is the general standard required for a tenant to obtain contents insurance

 

Housing Act 2004

Deposits and Dispute Resolution

Along with the Housing Act 2004, in April 2007 the new regulations affecting how a Tenants deposit is held came into force. Anyone, be that an Agent or Landlord who accept money as a deposit under an Assured Shorthold Tenancy must protect the money under an approved government scheme within 30 days of the tenancy commencing.  Oaktree Lettings use the Deposit Protection Service (DPS) which is a free custodial scheme, where the money is sent to the DPS to be held for the duration of the Tenancy. For more information on the DPS and their terms visit www.depositprotection.com

 

Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation

It is the Landlords responsibility to apply and pay the cost of obtaining a licence for a HMO. A property is considered a HMO when five or more people are living over three or more floors. However, self contained flats, converted buildings and converted blocks of flats may also meet the required terms for a licence. We recommend to check with the Local Authority as to their specifications for a HMO, costs and minimum standards the property must meet to obtain the licence. The landlord is liable for the occupiers' Council Tax and therefore an amount to cover this should be included in the rental, this is applicable even if it is not a licensable HMO.

 

Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR) for Houses in Multiple Occupation

Since the Housing Act 2004 came into effect it is now mandatory that all Houses in Multiple Occupation have a fixed wiring check regardless of whether it is licensable or not.  This should be kept up to date and renewed when the current one expires.

 

Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS)

The HHRSS is a risk assessment inspection carried out by the local council to look at the potential hazards of the property.

There are 29 hazards falling into four categories:

  1. Physiological – damp and mould growth, excess cold & heat, pollutants
  2. Psychological – space/crowding. Lighting, noise, security
  3. Protection against infection – hygiene, food safety, pests/refuse, personal hygiene, water supply, sanitation/drainage
  4. Protection against accidents – falls, electrical hazards, fire, structural collapse, entrapment

 

The assessment will consider the severity of each hazard by looking at the tenants and possibly their visitors and taking into account their age and vulnerability even though they may not be in occupancy.  As only the council can carry out an assessment, we would always recommend you to   speak to the council for clarification of any potential hazards within your property     

 

How to get your Investment let quickly and maximise rent

 

Oaktree Lettings and Management would advise the Landlord Client to ensure their Investment is well maintained. With the belief that a Tenant’s standards should not differ from the landlord’s, a neutrally decorated home with clean functional facilities should be the basis of all potential lets.

It is recommended that Landlords pay particular attention to the following:

  1. All rooms neutrally decorated
  2. Carpets and floor covering clean and free from damage
  3. Kitchens and all appliances clean, in full working order with instruction manuals available
  4. Bathrooms with clean grouting and sealant
  5. Tidy Gardens with  basic tools provided
  6. Windows clean and the exterior free from refuse

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