Help for landlords and letting out homes
Health and safety responsibilities and inspections
Landlords have a duty of care to make sure their property and any products provided are safe.
An inspection will cover all of a property and its surrounding grounds. We will look at:
- carpets, handrails, stairs and stairways for possible trips and fall hazards
- chimneys, down spouts, gutters and roofs for possible falling objects
- doors, entrances and fire escapes to make sure an escape route has no possible trips and fall hazards
- driveways and paths for possible trips and fall hazards
- electrical fuses, plug sockets and wiring to make sure they are the right size and safe to use
- fire doors checking their seals and closers
- gardens, garages, gates, fences, outhouses, walls and any tools provided
- smoke alarms and fire equipment
- upper floor windows for safety bars and catches
Heating should be available at all times in a rented property and must be under the tenant’s control. Landlords must provide a fixed heating appliance capable of maintaining a temperature of 21°c, with an outside temperature of -1°c, in each part of the property. Electrical appliances must have a dedicated socket. If you are unsure about whether you have sufficient heating or insulation contact us.
01934 426 885