It seems that there are more and more reports in the news of landlord’s being fined and even banned completely for ‘squalid conditions’ in their properties, lack of adherence to the required legal documentation to let a property and lack of required maintenance.
Recent reports see one landlord in Rotherham fined payments of over £13,500 with the tenants needing to be rehomed following a visit from the Environment Health in December 2013 where they found that the tenants had no access to heating or hot water, unmaintained gas, electric and firefighting systems, severe damp and poor quality conversion work, all of which was in contravention of the Housing Act 2004 and HMO Regulations 2006.
Another report stated that a landlord in North London was ordered to pay fines of £5260 for leaving their rental property in an ‘appalling state of disrepair’.
It’s important that, as a landlord, you know exactly what you should be doing and keep on top of any maintenance issues which arise to ensure a safe and comfortable living environment for your tenants which undoubtedly leads to happy tenants! Another option of course is to employ an award winning letting agent who can ensure you are on the right track with the quality of your property and manage all the maintenance for you – well maintained house = happy tenants = happy landlord.
Thanks to Lettingagenttoday