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    Info for first time landlord - tenancy set up

    Hello Everyone, Me and my wife are first time landlords and we got our first property as our pension pot this year. We recently have redecorated the whole house and want to put it on rent thru an estate agent, tenant find service. I have a few questions if someone can please direct me in the right direction please:

    1-) We need to get a gas safety certificate to let out the property - is that right

    2-) the house comes with a carbon monoxide alarm in the both the ground floor and the top floor as well as fire alarm again 1 in the ground floor and one on the top floor, - is it right

    3-) The house comes with a electric consumer unit but it was installed in 2003, do i need to upgrade it to the metal based consumer unit and also do i need any certification for it.

    4-) Do i need to do anything else please if i have forgotten

    many thanks in advance and sincere apologies if i have posted it in the wrong section.

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    Hi

    1) yes - if there is gas supplied

    2) yes smoke alarms on each floor . C. Monoxide alarms only if solid fuel is used but cant harm to have them

    3) If single let no need to upgrade but you should check all electrics are safe  but no certificate currently required

    4)  There are over 150 regulations for a LL so you should comply with all these . Lots to potentially forget!

    Here is a flavour of what you need to know saftey wise which are the most important

    https://www.gov.uk/private-renting/your-...sibilities

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    Jonathan Clarke. http://www.buytoletmk.com

    If you go with a decent agent who is a member of ARLA they will check all of this with you.
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    Hi George and welcome. Smile

    As you are a first timer landlord and there are huge amount of regulations to adhere to, I would recommend that you employ the services of a reputable agent to start with to manage your property.

    Fines for non-compliance are incredibly harsh, not to mention that, if you do not set up a tenancy correctly and compliantly from the beginning, it can cause major problems later down the line.

    We have a video on this topic:



    We have this guide on how to find a reputable agent, which, as John mentioned should be an ARLA member:

    How to vet a lettings agent ... 12 questions to ask 

    ​I hope that helps and good luck!

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    hello and thanks for your replies everyone. Sorry for the late reply but my computer was out of action. It is a wonderful forum with a great people to help with info. Appreciate it Smile

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    Agree with above but item 3 Depends on if gas is earthed etc always worth changing a box in my opinion might need gas and water Earthed. Get box changed and tested then you are covered if anything ever went wrong heaven forbid. This isn’t legal requirement in residential however I’d recommend it know My commercial insurance requires one every 5 years.
    Plus way easier to do it before, if anything goes wrong you don’t want to be chasing wires under floor boards etc 

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    The RLA have a tenancy check list >>> here. 

    I would strongly recommend that you join the RLA for the support and advice they offer.  Property Tribes members can receive a 25% discount off membership and of course it's tax deductible too! Smile

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