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Letting Regulations

Letting Regulations Guide

As a Landlord you are required to ensure that any property you let conforms to Government defined standards and also that you have registered yourself as a Landlord.

If you arrange meeting with us we will be happy to complete a full evaluation of your property and give advice on what may be required and the best way compliance can be achieved.

The main landlords regulations to which you will need to comply with are –

 

Landlord Registration

If your rental property is in Scotland you will need to register as a landlord with the Council where the rental property is located. You can do this via the website www.landlordregistrationscotland.gov.uk and this registration is valid for three years.

If you speak to us, we can help to make sure your property meets all the requirements and, if work is required, to advise you on the most effective ways to make any changes.

 

The Repairing Standard

You must ensure that your rental property meets the Repairing Standard at all times during any tenancy.

The Repairing Standard is set out in full in Chapter 4 of Part 1 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 which can be viewed at https://www.gov.scot/publications/repairing-standard/

 

Safety Regulations

The Gas Safety (Installation & Usage) Regulations 1998 – These regulations cover all gas appliances in the property and a check must be carried out once a year by a registered Gas SAFE engineer to ensure that they all comply.

The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 – This includes an overall check of the electrics in the property (EICR) valid for five years and also Portable Appliance (PAT) testing.

Furniture & Furnishings – must comply with fire regulations

Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) 2008 – required for all rental properties. If you have had a home report done then an EPC survey should be part of this so you may not require a new survey.

Smoke Alarms – it is a legal requirement that every rental property have interconnected mains powered smoke alarms. These should be located in every regularly used communal or circulation area and there should also be a heat detector in kitchen area.

Legionella Risk Assessment (LRA) – this is required for all let properties in Scotland and is valid for two years.

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms – CO Alarms are required in properties which have gas appliances.