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Landlord's safety guide. Legal requirements to ensure tenants safety

It seems that every year there is some new legislation for landlord's to adhere to when letting property. Below we've written a quick guide to what you are legally required to provide your tenants with, in regard to gas safety, electrical safety and the energy performance of the property.


Gas safety requirements for landlords - The quick version

You will need a gas safety certificate to cover your gas appliances. You need to renew it annually. You need to keep a copy for 2 years and provide your tenants with a copy. If you keep a copy in the property then they all have access to it. Open an account with Multi-trade and we'll store it for you online and make it accessible whenever you like, to whom ever you like.

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Gas safety requirements for landlords - The long version

Landlords must arrange maintenance by a Gas Safe Registered engineer for all pipework, appliances and flues, which they own and have provided for their tenants use. Landlords must also arrange for an annual gas safety check to be carried out every 12 months by a Gas Safe Registered engineer. Landlords must keep a record of the safety check for 2 years and issue a copy to each existing tenant within 28 days of the check being completed and issue a copy to any new tenants before they move in.

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Electrical safety certificates

Technically, there is no such thing as an electrical safety certificate. The certificate being referred to is most likely a Periodic Inspection Report. It is not a legal requirement to hold an electrical certificate for any property you are letting. So, you can take a calculated risk by not getting one. However, it will probably help your case if the tenant tries to hold you liable for an electrical accident in the property. Some estate agents may require you to provide a Periodic Inspection Report (PIR). In which case the guidelines are that this document should be renewed every 5 years.

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PAT testing

A PAT test or Portable Appliance Test. Again, not a legal requirement. However, if your tenant gets electrocuted by a kettle with a frayed cord that you have provided, you are likely to be held liable. Our advice is to make sure you provide as few electrical appliances in the property as possible. So, while you may have to provide a fridge, do you really need to provide a microwave, vacuum cleaner and kettle? Probably not. So remove them, put them on ebay and get a PAT test for anything with a plug that remains in the house.

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Energy Performance Certificates (EPC)

You'll only need one of these if you are looking for a new tenant. It's now a legal requirement to market the property with an energy rating. So you'll probably need to supply the lettings agent with one. But it will cover you for 10 years. If you keep the same tenant, you don't have to provide an EPC.

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Domestic and landlord's EPC or Energy Performance Certificate (for home vendors and landlords etc..)

Border Service Price - 08:00 to 18:00 Price - 18:00 to 22:00 and Saturdays Border
EPC iconUp to 3 bed property £60.00 £80.00
EPC icon4 bed property + £80.00 £100.00

Commercial EPC or Energy Performance Certificate (for shops and offices etc..)

Border Service Price - 08:00 to 18:00 Price - 18:00 to 22:00 and Saturdays Border
EPC icon1-50m2 or 538 ft2 £100.00 £120.00
EPC icon51-250m2 or 2690 ft2 £150.00 £170.00
EPC icon251-500m2 or 5381 ft2 £200.00 £220.00
EPC icon501-750m2 or 8072 ft2 £250.00 £270.00
EPC icon751-1000m2 or 10763 ft2 £300.00 £320.00
EPC icon1001m2+ or 10774 ft2+ POA POA

New build EPC or On Construction EPC (for buildings being constructed etc..)

Border Service Price - 08:00 to 18:00 Price - 18:00 to 22:00 and Saturdays Border
EPC iconNew build EPC POA POA

Visual electrical inspection also known as a house buyers pre-purchase electrical report (for homebuyers etc..)

Border Service Price - 08:00 to 18:00 Price - 18:00 to 22:00 and Saturdays Border
Electrical servicesVisual electrical inspection £100.00 £150.00

Landlord's pack which includes:

  • Electrical Safety Certificate / PIR for up to a 3 bed property
  • Gas Safety Report for up to 2 appliances

Border Service Price - 08:00 to 18:00 Price - 18:00 to 22:00 and Saturdays Border
Electrical servicesGas servicesLandlord's pack £250.00 £300.00

Landlord's Megapack which includes:

  • Electrical Safety Certificate / PIR for up to a 3 bed property
  • Gas Safety Report for up to 2 appliances
  • EPC up to 3 bed property

Border Service Price - 08:00 to 18:00 Price - 18:00 to 22:00 and Saturdays Border
Electrical servicesGas servicesEPC certificate iconLandlord's Megapack £300.00 £400.00

Landlord's electrical safety inspection report also known as a PIR

Border Property Price - 08:00 to 18:00 Price - 18:00 to 22:00 and Saturdays Border
1 bedroom flat1 Bedroom Flat £180.00 £230.00
2 bedroom flat2 Bedroom Flat £200.00 £250.00
3 bedroom flat3 Bedroom Flat £220.00 £270.00
1 to 3 bedroom house1 to 3 Bedroom House £240.00 £290.00
4 bedroom house4 Bedroom House £260.00 £310.00
5 bedroom house5 Bedroom House £300.00 £350.00

Property inventory services

Border Report Type 1 Bed 2 Bed 3 Bed 4 Bed 5 Bed Border
EPC iconInventory report (unfurnished) £75 £95 £120 £140 £160
EPC iconInventory report (furnished) £95 £125 £145 £165 £185
EPC iconCheck in service £60 £75 £100 £120 £140
EPC iconCheck out service £60 £75 £100 £120 £140
EPC iconMid term inspection report £60 £75 £100 £120 £140
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TestimonialI am a long time customer of Multi-Trade, who have been providing safety certifcates for my rental properties around London. I am happy to provide them with a reference for their work. They are reliable, efficient, friendly and a pleasure to work with.

Bruce Paul, North London


TestimonialI would be happy to provide an endorsement for your company. You have a well managed service here and I congratulate you on it. It's better service than i get in the States!

Joel Dorsey, South London


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The Multi-trade difference

There are plenty of companies out there competing for your business - and you need to make sure you're armed with all the facts before you make a decision about which one to choose. Here are a few things to check before you decide - we're confident that if you're looking for great service you'll choose Multi-Trade!

  • Does the company or tradesperson you're considering offer free quotations?
  • Do they offer an open and honest pricing structure with no hidden costs?
  • Are their engineers registered with Gas Safe?
  • Remember - it is a legal requirement when working with gas.
  • Do they have a contactable office, not just a mobile in case of any queries?
  • Does anyone answer the phone in the day?
  • Are their tradespeople honest, reliable, polite and vetted?

If the answer to any of these questions is 'no' then give us a call - we can confidently answer 'yes' to all of these questions. Not sure? Check out our testimonials page to see what some of our previous customers think of our customer service!

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