What else should a landlord be checking?
Landlords have a more general duty of care to protect the health and safety of their tenants. Although you are not legally required to produce formal certificates, there are a few safety measures which are worth considering.
- Legionella risk assessment. Legionella risk assessment is not a legal requirement, but recommended to landlords in the government’s ‘How to Let’ guide.
- Safe appliances. Landlords must ensure all appliances within the property are in safe working condition. Every appliance and plug/adapter should be tested and checked.
- Fire blanket. A fire blanket must be provided in a kitchen, with clear instructions on how to use it. Check the LACORS guide for clear guidance on fire safety.
Tenants have a right to contact their local council and request an inspection of the property if they believe the landlord isn’t carrying out their responsibilities properly. Therefore, as a landlord, it is best to cover all bases and ensure that repairs are completed and safety requirements are up to date to avoid any of this conflict and ensure the safety of your tenant. The requirements of the landlord include covering the following bases:
- No dampness throughout the property
- The property must be structurally sound
- The property must be well insulated and ventilated
- Drainage must be sanitary and include facilities for personal hygiene
- Water and electricity must be provided alongside cooking facilities
- Wastewater disposal should be present