All landlords in the UK must comply with a number of strict safety regulations designed to protect their tenants from dangerous hazards.
Under the Gas Safety Installation and Use Regulations 1998 there is a legal requirement that all gas appliances are checked and certified every year by a Gas Safe Register engineer. A record of this must be kept and a copy provided to the tenant within 14 days.
Because this regulation is so important we must receive a copy of this certificate at least 48 hours before the agreed occupancy date or we will instruct an inspection to be carried out at the landlord’s cost.
As a landlord you have a legal duty to ensure all electrical appliances are safe. Obtaining an Electrical Equipment Safety Certificate (EESC) is not currently a legal requirement. However you will be legally liable if your tenant suffers injury or is put at risk because of faulty electrical goods or wiring so we recommend that all landlords obtain such certificates.
A Portable Appliance Test (PAT) is suitable for most properties.
The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire Safety) Regulations 1988, plus amendments, makes it a criminal offence to let a property with upholstered items that do not comply with safety regulations.
The regulations apply to beds, mattresses, sofas, cushions and other soft furniture. These must all carry a label showing fire resistance. Any non-compliant furniture must be removed from your property before letting.
At Dowling Styles we recognise that many of our residential landlords do not have the time to manage their tenanted properties, whether they have just the one, or a small portfolio. We take pride in the property management service we offer our landlords as not only does it ensure the smooth running and proven longevity of the tenancies, top class maintenance of the properties, it also offers that all important peace of mind of possibly the biggest investment anyone is likely to have.
Our management service is all encompassing from the most minor repair to full scale refurbishment. We can deal with anything from a dripping tap or an insurance claim that makes a house uninhabitable. As a landlord you can be as involved or as removed from the day to day issues as you wish, we will tailor our management to suit your needs.
Whether you require a builder, plumber, electrician, locksmith, painter/decorator, gardener, gas engineer, carpenter etc, we will oversee and ensure that the work is completed promptly and professionally.
Probably most important to our landlords and tenants is that we employ a property manager who is responsible for looking after you. This person will visit your property at least three times a year.
We genuinely care about our work and this shows in the exemplary service we provide to our clients.
It is also worth noting if you are considering Dowling Styles to manage your property, that you do not need to necessarily have a Dowling Styles’ tenant in residence. We manage a number of properties let either privately or via other agents and can even commence management mid tenancy.