Landlords must adhere to specific regulations, which is where we can help out.
Your clients should review the following key areas.
- Unoccupied premises
- Evidence shows that the prospect of damage or injury arising from empty building is high, even if they are only temporarily vacant. Aviva has preferred supplier arrangements in place to help protect vacant property.
- Safety of gas and electrical appliances
- Landlords have a legal duty to maintain gas appliances installed for use by tenants. Property owners are also responsible for the safety of fixed wiring in their properties.
- Property owners must identify materials that may contain asbestos.
- Legal liabilities
- Property owners can face civil liability claims for injuries to members of the public and tenants in respect of property under their control.
- Managing contractors
- When contractors are used both parties have duties under health and safety law to ensure that the work is carried out in a safe manner. From the client's perspective, effective contractor selection, training and supervision are key.
- Regulatory reform (fire safety) order 2005
- Your clients need to ensure they meet their obligations laid down in this legislation.
- Is there a careful and detailed vetting process and robust deposit control process?
- Disability discrimination
- Legislation makes it unlawful for a person letting a property to discriminate against a disabled person by refusing to let premises to them because of their disability.
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