- Always Follow The Golden Rules of Letting a Home
- EPC Required Before Marketing
- Gas Safety Record Required Before Occupation
- Electrical Checks
- Advertise your Property
- Suggested Forms Required
- Initial Viewing with the Prospective Tenant
- Tenant Wishes to Proceed
- Can the Tenancy be Assured Shorthold?
- Reference Checking
- Length of Fixed Term
- Providing A Rent Book
- Joint Tenancy Or Many Individual Tenancies?
- Completing the Tenancy Agreement
- Completing The Guarantee Agreement
- Check Smoke And Carbon Monoxide Alarms – England Only
- Protect the Deposit and Notify Utilities
- What Happens at the End of a Fixed Term – To Renew or Not To Renew
- Checklist of what to do at the end of the tenancy
Mains Installation Testing
Where the property being let is a house in multiple occupation (HMO), it is a legal requirement to have the mains electrics tested at least every five years. This applies whether the HMO requires a licence or not. Where the property is not a HMO, there is no legal requirement to have an electrical mains check but it is strongly advised that such a check is nevertheless carried out. This is because all electrics supplied at the property must be “safe” at the time of granting the tenancy. Having a five yearly test will go a long way towards proving they were “safe”.
There is no legal requirement to carry out Portable Appliance Testing but all electrical appliances must be supplied “safe” at the beginning of the tenancy. The best way to achieve this is to have regular PAT testing carried out.
At the very least, before a new tenancy is granted, the electrics should be visually inspected and all appliances being supplied should be checked that they have appropriate plugs and fuses installed. Confirmation of the inspection should be put in the inventory.