Making sure your properties meet the required standards
All rented accommodation, regardless of type or size, is governed by the requirements of the Housing Act 2004
As a landlord you need to understand your responsibilities. We are committed to ensuring that rented accommodation in our Borough is safe, well managed and meets the standards required by the Act. By knowing your responsibilities and ensuring your property meets the required standards you will protect your tenants, as well as yourself and your asset.
It is your responsibility to ensure that your rented property has a sufficient and suitable automatic fire detection and alarm system and that it is tested regularly to ensure that it is in working order.
Lacors: Housing - Fire Safety is a national guidance document that sets the minimum standard that we would accept for any rented accommodation in Eastleigh.
It is good practice for landlords of any rented accommodation to carry out a fire risk assessment for their property.
For more information and guidance on how to carry out a fire risk assessment visit Hampshire Fire & Rescue - Business Fire Safety
The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 legislation requires all private landlords, regardless of the type of rental property, to provide at least one working smoke alarm on every floor of their property as well as a carbon monoxide detector in rooms with a solid fuel appliance.
Failure to comply can result in penalties of up to £5,000. Any new, hardwired fire alarm and detection system, emergency lighting or any new additions to an existing system must be installed by a competent, qualified and Part P affiliated engineer and the correct certification issued. the exact layout and look of the certificates will differ between the various affiliation bodies an electrician can belong to but the information required to be recorded will be the same on all of them.
You must be able to prove, should we, your tenant or any other interested party enquire, the safety and compliance of the electrics within your rented property. The only way to satisfactorily do this is to provide an Electrical Installation Condition Report. The report can only be issued by a competent, qualified and Part P affiliated electrician.
It is valid for a maximum of a five-year period after which the electrics must be re-inspected and a new report issued. A copy of any report must be provided to your tenants. You are also responsible for any plug in appliances that are provided with the property as part of the tenancy and these must also be tested regularly.
Download the Electrical Safety First's Guide for Landlords for more detailed information.
All gas installations and appliances must be checked and maintained every 12 months by a qualified Gas Safe registered contractor and a Landlord's Gas Safety Certificate issued. A copy of any new certificate must be provided to the tenants within 28 days of it being issued and any new tenants must be provided with a copy of the current certificate at the start of their tenancy.
Housing Health & Safety Rating System (HHSRS)
Rented properties are assessed against the government's Housing Health & Safety Rating System (HHSRS) on whether they are safe to be lived in.
The HHSRS assesses 29 hazard types, including damp and mould growth, excess cold, structural collapse and electrical hazards. It helps our enforcement officers assess the likelihood of hazards occurring in a property and the severity of harm that would be caused. We split potential hazards into two types: Category 1 hazards are those where the likelihood and/or the severity of harm is so great that action must be taken to remove or reduce the hazard. We have a statutory duty to ensure that this is done. Category 2 hazards are of a lesser severity, but nevertheless still pose a hazard and remedial action may still be required.
How to become a Landlord - a useful checklist
Additional information for landlords on your responsibilities and matters that need to be considered can be found on this interactive Which? Guide.