It is the responsibility of the landlord or agent to ensure that all furniture and furnishings, gas and electrical equipment comply with UK regulations. Be aware that items purchased in another country may not meet the UK Regulations.
Detailed legal and helpful information for Landlords and also for tenants can be found on the web site Gov.uk.
Information includes: The right to Rent Guide, regulations for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO), EPC’s, gas and electrical regulations and Tenancy Deposit Protection Schemes.
Tenancy Deposit Protection
On the 6th April 2007 the Tenancy deposit law was introduced providing protection for tenants in England & Wales by preventing landlords and letting agents unfairly withholding Assured Shorthold Tenancy deposits.
Once the deposit has been paid to the Landlord or Agent, within 14 days of receiving the deposit the landlord or agent must give the tenant information as to which scheme is being used for the tenancy. This includes details of how the deposit is held, how to apply for the release of the deposit, and what to do in the case of a dispute.
The Government awarded contracts to three companies to run the schemes:
ARLA Inventories members are experienced professionals that have achieved Propertymark Qualifications’ Award in Residential Inventory Management and Practice or an equivalent qualification. They are covered by public liability insurance as well as professional indemnity insurance. They must comply with the ARLA Inventories Code of Practise and complete CPD to upgrade their skills.
AIIC – Association Of Independent Inventory Clerks
“The AIIC are dedicated to promoting the highest possible standards of accuracy and reliability and have been endorsing high levels of professionalism in the inventory business since 1996.”
As an association we are committed to excellence and professionalism in the property inventory process and work hard to ensure that all landlords, tenants and letting agents understand the importance and benefits of professionally completed property inventories. You will appreciate the value of instructing an expert AIIC independent inventory clerk to avoid unnecessary costs and legal disputes and make every party aware of its responsibilities.
You will also have confidence that government regulations are being adhered to and have a professional partner with specialist knowledge.
You can be assured that by using an AIIC member independent inventory clerk:
- They will have agreed to conduct their business in a professional manner in accordance with the Guidelines to Professional Practice
- They will abide by the AIIC’s Code of Practice
- They have Professional Indemnity insurance
- They have Public Liability insurance
They are experts in their field and will save you time, money and hassle.
Property Redress Scheme
The Property Redress Scheme is a government authorised consumer redress scheme. The purpose of this is to give consumers of the Property Agent an escalated complaints procedure if they are unhappy with how their complaint has been dealt with, giving extra peace of mind.