You may be aware that new regulation (effective from the 1st of October) requires landlords to provide the following to all tenants:
- Gas safety certificate
A smoke alarm must be provided for each floor of every property, plus a carbon monoxide detector in properties which use appliances using solid fuels. The battery must be checked on smoke alarms before the commencement of any new tenancy.
Failure to provide these will result in us being unable to serve a Section 21 notice.
This is only one small part of the new regulation, which also includes lots of other bits and pieces, such as that we must provide a "how to rent" guide to all tenants, acknowledging maintenance requests within certain timeframes, and restrictions to the serving of a Section 21 in cases of retaliatory non attendance to maintenance, and within the first 4 months of a tenancy.
We have all this in hand for you; our maintenance system provides automatic acknowledgements and updates to tenants, fulfilling that requirement, and we have added the "How to rent" guide to our standard pre tenancy paperwork, as well as sending it out to all existing tenants.
We have been researching different kinds of smoke alarms, together with David S. of Vox Security, in order to provide you with the best and most cost effective options for your property.
The regulation is not clear about wired smoke alarms and whether the back up battery on these would need to be tested prior to each new tenancy as would be the case with regular smoke alarms, so we have to assume that these do need checking, but not as often as would be the case for battery operated units.
Please choose one of the following units to be installed at your property:
Mains smoke alarm systems: These have a lifespan of 10 years, and the back up battery would also last that long.
Battery operated units: These would need regular checks to ensure that they are operational, and checks would also be required before each new tenancy commences. The law is as yet unclear about exact checking periods during tenancies.
We have set up a web page for you to upload any documents, and to choose which smoke alarm system you would like to proceed with. Please complete this form at your earliest possible convinience.
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