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10 Tips to Getting your Property Ready to be Let

Published: 13/06/2022 By Luke Croft-Faulkner

1. Make sure your property is fit for human habitation – See https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/homes-fitness-for-human-habitation-act-2018/guide-for-landlords-homes-fitness-for-human-habitation-act-2018

2. Ensure there are an adequate number of working smoke detectors in the property. Fire safety regulations vary depending on the property size, type, and the number of occupants; for example, HMO’s (Houses of Multiple Occupancy) have very strict fire safety rules. If you own a HMO you may also need a license – See https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/info/50248/houses_in_multiple_occupation/2176/what_is_a_house_in_multiple_occupation_hmo/3

3. A CO Alarm is required for any properties with an open fuel burning gas appliance, but is recommended for all properties where a gas supply is present

4. Obtain an EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report)

5. Obtain a LGSC (Landlords Gas Safety Certificate)

6. Ensure there are enough keys for each tenant. Often it is advised to provide a full set of keys to your managing agent also

7. Carry out a legionella risk assessment – See https://www.hse.gov.uk/legionnaires/legionella-landlords-responsibilities.htm

8. Ensure that all appliances are serviced and in working order, before a tenant moves in

9. It is always a good idea to leave appliance manuals in the property for the tenant's use. This is particularly beneficial for heating systems and boilers

10. Ensure the property is in a professionally clean state before the tenancy commencement date

+ 2 Bonus Tips!👇🏻
  • Consider taking out a suitable landlord’s insurance policy
  • Find yourself an award-winning lettings agency, such as Davidson Estates, to let and manage your property 😊!