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New Legislation

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New Legislation

From 1st October 2015 it becomes law that at the time a tenancy is created that there must be a working smoke alarm on every habitable level of accommodation and there must also be a working carbon monoxide detector in every room that contains a solid fuel burning appliance*. So if you choose to manage the letting of a property yourself, you need to ensure that you comply as you create new tenancies and give serious consideration to any established letting portfolio that you may have. It is suggested that when you conduct routine inspections of your properties that you upgrade/relocate your alarms as necessary.

Here at Hancocks we have already changed our pre rental property assessments for landlords and will be reviewing every property as part of our inspection program so that we can report to landlords changes they may wish to implement.

1st October also saw the introduction of new documentation to be issued (with proof of issue needed) at the start of a tenancy as well as a new Section 21 notice to bring a tenancy to an end. If you are a self-managing landlord you need to take steps now to ensure that you comply otherwise you may not be able to enforce a notice to quit a premises.

Yet another good reason why it pays to have a managing agent to take care of such matters for you.

*there are some exceptions to these rules but to all intents and purposes if you are letting a standard residential property then the changes will apply to you.