Before you can rent out your home, it’s your responsibility to ensure that the property is safe and fit for human habitation. If a property is unsafe or unfit you could be committing a civil or criminal offence, and may be subject to enforcement action by your local authority. To help you understand the requirements under the Housing Act 2004, it’s important that you read this guidance, which is aimed at non-specialists and especially private landlords. This will help you identify the types of work that may need to be carried out to ensure your property is safe and fit for habitation.
To ensure that your property is safe and fit, your responsibilities as a landlord include taking the following steps:
have a gas safety check carried out every 12 months by a Gas Safe registered engineer
ensure any furniture provided meets the required safety standards
ensure any electrical equipment provided meets the required safety standards
ensure a smoke alarm is installed on each floor of your home and that carbon monoxide detectors are present in any room with a coal fire or wood-burning stove
ensure you have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for your property. Privately rented properties must have a minimum EPC rating of E for new lets and renewal tenancies (unless exempt). Failure to comply with this could result in a fine of £5,000 from the local authority. See further detailed guidance on EPCs.
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Combi (short for combination) boilers contain everything needed to heat your radiators and deliver hot water to your taps in one compact unit, saving valuable space in the home as there is no need for a hot water cylinder or water tanks in the loft.
A combi boiler heats water instantly when you turn on a hot tap. The water comes straight from the mains, so the flow rate at the tap is usually very good. And because it only heats the water you need, when you need it, it is extremely energy efficient.
Combi boilers are particularly suitable for homes with one bathroom, as the flow of hot water can be reduced if more than one hot tap is running at a time. A system boiler may be more suitable for homes with multiple bathrooms, low mains water pressure or a high demand for hot water. Your Gas Safe registered heating engineer can survey your property and advise you on the most appropriate boiler to suit your needs.
Since the Building Regulations changed in April 2018, known as Boiler Plus, all boiler installations must include a timer and room thermostat. In addition, combi boiler installations must also include one of the following extra energy efficiency measures:
Did you know you can claim for the Winter Fuel Payment
If you were born on or before 5 October 1954 you could get between £100 and £300 to help you pay your heating bills. This is known as a ‘Winter Fuel Payment’.
You usually get a Winter Fuel Payment automatically if you are eligible and you get the State Pension or another social security benefit (not Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction, Child Benefit or Universal Credit).
If you’re eligible but do not get paid automatically, you will need to make a claim.