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    Haven't rented out in a couple years. May be doing it again for the next year. Think there are lots of new rules and regulations. Just checking:

    I will do a new boiler service and get a safety certificate.
    Do I need to install carbon monoxide detectors in every room? Or just where the gas outlets are - boilers and gas fires?

    Electrics were tested 2 years ago. But do I need to have all the appliances tested too? Haven't done this before. Ovens, d/w & T/dryer are only 2y old and good brands (Miele). Would toaster and kettle and hair dryers etc need to be safety tested?

    If I leave furnished/ part-furnished - do I need fire-safety tags on every sofa/chair etc? A couple of items are antique sofas...

    I will alter insurance to landlords. Is there anything else that needs to be declared? considered?

    I have an epc - but it expires in a few months. Will I need to renew it during the tenancy? Or is it ok because it is valid before the tenancy contract is/ will be signed? If there is a chance I have to get a new epc and the energy certificate drops below E what would I need to do? Are upgrades simple and quick to effect? The property is to be sold after 1 year so I do not want to go to huge expense on making upgrades because the in-coming buyer will, for sure, renovate. But obviously, I need to stay within the law; legal requirements now.

    Anything else I 'm not thinking of?





    #2
    See the link below, it is a guide for new landlords. Check if you've covered everything.

    https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com...29&postcount=7

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      #3
      Originally posted by HP mum View Post
      Do I need to install carbon monoxide detectors in every room? Or just where the gas outlets are - boilers and gas fires?
      by law: only in rooms with solid fuel device;
      good practice: each room with a fuel-burning device.

      Don't forget smoke alarms; interlinked are best.

      do I need to have all the appliances tested too? Haven't done this before. Ovens, d/w & T/dryer are only 2y old and good brands (Miele). Would toaster and kettle and hair dryers etc need to be safety tested?
      All appliances must be safe. The easy way is to get someone in to PAT them

      If I leave furnished/ part-furnished - do I need fire-safety tags on every sofa/chair etc?
      I believe the answer is "yes". All items must comply, and the only way to show compliance is to have those labels.

      A couple of items are antique sofas...
      Don't put anything in that you are not prepared to lose.

      I will alter insurance to landlords. Is there anything else that needs to be declared? considered?

      I have an epc - but it expires in a few months. Will I need to renew it during the tenancy?
      It only needs to be valid when marketing the property and on first day of letting.

      If there is a chance I have to get a new epc and the energy certificate drops below E what would I need to do? Are upgrades simple and quick to effect?
      Your current EPC should contain recommendations; have a look at what they would take (but the methods have changed, so a new assessment may differ).

      Anything else I 'm not thinking of?
      Gas safety certificate, How to Rent and EPC to tenant before handing over keys (get signed receipt).
      Protect deposit and issue prescribed information within 30 days of taking deposit; have proof of serving PI.

      You probably want to ensure that property does not become a HMO, as that puts further obligations on you: let to a family or max 2 people, not a group of 3 or more that are not all related.

      Ensure that the property is safe, e.g. no loose banisters; no trip hazards.

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        #4
        if there is a mortgage do you have permission to rent out?

        Quickest and cheapest way to upgrade epc is to have energy saving bulbs if those are not already fitted.

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          #5
          HMO classification changes next month, so 2 unrelated occupants can constitute an HMO requiring a Licence. Not sure how 'Rent a Room' Scheme will be affected.

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            #6
            Originally posted by mariner View Post
            HMO classification changes next month, so 2 unrelated occupants can constitute an HMO requiring a Licence.
            I believe not.
            It is requirement for mandatory licencing that is changing, not definition of HMO.

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