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Over recent years the Government has implemented several changes in the rules regarding lettings. All Landlords need to be aware of this as failure to follow these rules can result in heavy fines, and in some cases can affect notices being served!


Before a property can be marketed for rental a valid EPC must be prepared by a registered energy assessor. Once a certificate has been issued, it will be valid for 10 years. The legal responsibilty for this rests with the Landlord. Properties being marketed without a valid EPC rating will be liable to a fine.

We can arrange for a vaild EPC to be produced. Please ask for details.

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New regulations regarding gas safety in rented properties came into force 31st October 1998. It is the Landlord's responsibility to conform to the Gas Safety Installation regulations. All gas appliances, installation work and flues, must be maintained in a safe condition, and checked for safety at yearly intervals by a Statutory Gas Company or a registered Gas Safe approved individual. A Gas Safety Certificate must be supplied.

We can arrange for a Gas Safety check and certificate to be issued. Please ask for details.




The Landlord's Common Law duty of care, The Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, requires that the electrical equipments is safe at the start of every tenancy and maintained in a safe condition throughout the tenancy.
If you let your property you must ensure that the electrical system and all the appliances are safe. Failure to comply with The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994, (Landlords must be aware that all mains wiring, sockets, lights and electrical equipment  must be safe (no risk of injury to people or domestic animals or damage to property)) and The Consumer Protection Act 1987, is a criminal act and may result in a fine of £5000 per item or even a custodial sentence.
Please contact for more details of compliance.

All works must be carried out by a suitably qualified electrician. HM Lettings can arrange for electrical check if required.  



It is the Landlord's responsibility to conform with the 'Fire and Furnishings Regulations 1993'. It is an offence to supply soft furnishings which do not meet official fire resistance standards and carry permanent labels to that effect.


Residential Property Managers and Letting Agents


For all tenancies started or renewed since 6th April 2007, it is a legal requirement for the Landlord to register the tenant's deposit with one of the Government backed deposit schemes.

HM Lettings are members of the DPS and are happy to arrange protection of tenant's deposit if required.