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7 Essential Safety Tips for Landlords

Updated: Apr 26, 2020

Safety tips for landlords

If you are a landlord privately renting your property, you need to make sure that the property you are letting is safe and meets the appropriate standards.

Below are our top tips that will help you and your tenants rest easy at night!

1. Cover the Basics

As a landlord you should aim to meet the industry standard:

  • Purchase landlord insurance

  • Provide a property that is safe and in a good state of repair

  • Let your identity be known as the landlord and provide mutually agreed time for 'checks' on the property

  • Have readily available fire, energy, electric and gas certificates (review annually)

  • Remove the traditional tenants fees from your contracts tenant fees act.

asking honest questions

2. Ask yourself the honest questions

It is always helpful to put yourself in a tenant's shoes; after all, safety is a key factor for long-term tenants.

  • Are the smoke alarms fully working and (if it's a house) is there one on each floor?

  • If required, is there a carbon monoxide alarm fitted?

  • Are all safety certificates readily available if requested?

  • In the event of an emergency, is it clear where you can turn off the gas and/or electric?

  • Are all the electrics in safe working order?

  • Is the hot water and boiler reliable?

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3. Know your location

Tenants are likely to want to research the area as well as viewing your property. Make sure you have up to date information to talk about if they do ask questions. Think about the following:

  • Police crime statistics

  • Your opinion and the opinions of others already living in the area

  • Safe routes to/from the train station

  • Child friendly environment i.e. not on a busy main road

ensuring tenants are aware

4. Ensure your tenants are aware

The contract agreement that you provide to your tenants should outline how the tenants are obligated to up-keep the property to ensure their safety does not come at risk.

For example you may want them to:

  • Open windows where necessary to ensure good ventilation (preventing mould)

  • Avoid creating fire hazards i.e. blocking fire escape routes

  • Adhere to non-smoking rules in shared areas of the property

  • Not to tamper with the gas, water or electrical installations

damp and mould

5. Be aware of potential damp and mould

If mould is left unchecked, it could pose serious health risks to those living in the property, as well as damage to the property itself.

We recommend as a landlord that you check if:

  • Water is leaking from a faulty roof

  • There are cracks in the walls

  • There is poor insulation

  • There are plumbing issues

  • There is rising damp

  • There is poor ventilation in the house

To prevent such damage you could apply mould resistant paint; install extractor fans or ensure tenants are keeping the rooms well ventilated.

6. Check on your property regularly

To secure safety standards, we recommend that you at least check the property's safety standards at least once per year and file an audit when it was conducted.

For those landlords that are time poor, this type of service can always be outsourced and of course Normette Homes would be happy to help!

7. Keep up to date with Tenant's rights

Tenant's rights are ever-evolving due to the increase of rental properties within the UK, so to ensure you are not caught out:

  • Utilise up-to-date contracts that reflect the latest safety regulations

  • Review Normette Homes' blogs for the latest information

  • Join a landlord's association e.g. RLA or NLA

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