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10 Landlord Health & Safety Obligations

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If you’re a responsible landlord, you’ll know that you have a duty of care for your tenants. This means that you’re legally obliged to provide safe accommodation and minimise the risk of any hazards and dangers. In England, this is covered in the Housing Health and Safety Rating System.

So what are the top 10 health and safety obligations?

1. Gas

All the gas fixtures and fittings you supply must be safely installed and maintained by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Each year, you must have a gas safety check carried out, as well as giving the tenant a copy of the certificate, before they actually move in.

2. Electrical

As the law stands, you only have to have the electrical system periodically inspected by an electrician if it’s an HMO (every 5 years). However, you are legally required to make sure the electrical system and appliances you provide are safe. The most effective way to do that is by instructing a ‘Part-P’ qualified electrician to carry out an inspection on the system every 3-5 years and have PAT Testing carried out (Portable Appliance Test) on appliances every 12 months.

3. Furnishings

All furnishings you supply, such as sofas, chairs, mattresses etcmust meet fire safety regulations, and there should be a permanent manufacturer’s label confirming this.

4. Alarms

Legally, there must be a working smoke alarm on each floor of a property that is rented out, and this should be tested at the start of every tenancy. To give your tenants the best protection, you can go further than the minimum legal requirement and install the following:

  • A smoke alarm in all living rooms
  • A smoke alarm in every hallway and landing
  • A heat sensor in the kitchen
    (All these are required in Scotland)
  • A carbon monoxide alarm

5. Written risk assessment

A ‘competent person’ should complete a written risk assessment form for the property. A good person to do this is a fire safety specialist who can then review it periodically – ideally each year or between tenancies, whichever comes first.

6. Clear escape routes

This will be covered in the aforementioned risk assessment, but do consider that tenants can inadvertently obstruct escape routes during their time there. As such, it’s a good idea to put up clear notices in fire escape route areas and on fire exit doors.

7. Mould from damp and condensation

Mould can cause a huge health hazard for your tenants, so the property MUST be properly ventilated, especially in the kitchen and bathroom, where a lot of condensation collects from steam from showering or cooking. Mould-resistant paint on the walls and floors in these rooms certainly helps, and also make sure you check for mildew during periodical inspections. If mould appears, make sure you get a diagnosis of the cause before covering it up or there’s a chance it will return.  

8. Security

Make sure there are secure locks on doors and windows and that boundaries are well maintained (e.g. walls and fencing). External security lighting can give tenants peace of mind. Make sure you are aware of who has keys to external doors, and that only the tenants, the property manager and landlord are able to enter.

9. Repairs

Under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 and recent amendment, the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018, you’re legally obliged to ensure the property is fit for habitation at the beginning of the tenancy and that it is well-maintained. If the furnishings or fittings or fabric of the property itself fall into disrepair, it could cause serious safety issues for your tenants.

10. Emergency procedures and operating manuals

Display clear information about what tenants should do and who to contact in case of an emergency, e.g. if there is a fire or flood in the property. Make sure there are instruction manuals for any equipment you’ve provided, to help tenants use it safely.

If you’re currently self-managing a rental property and would like any advice on keeping your tenants safe, or are considering a property management team, just give Bromley Property Co a call today.

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Lewis McKale

Director, Residential Sales, Lettings & New Homes

07507 656 668

020 8462 7155

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Lewis has over 20 years experience in the property industry. As a young negotiator he worked for large South East London Estate Agency and he also worked his way up to Associate Director at a City based Estate Agency by the time he was 25.

He jointly owned and sold a successful business in the East End of London before deciding to come back to his roots and set up Bromley Property Company in late 2016.

Lewis is a life long Bromley Borough resident and hails from West Wickham where he attended Wickham Common Primary School and then Hayes Secondary School.

He's married with three children, all of whom attend local schools. Both himself and his wife are very active with local autistic charities helping with various events.

Football plays a big part in his life, playing for Charlton Athletic youth team in his early days and he is an avid supporter of Bromley FC.

The competitive drive that pushes him on is what helps fuel his passion for the business. This and his in-depth knowledge of the borough is a great combination which helps deliver the results his clients have come to expect.

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Kyle Peters

Director, Land & Commercial

020 8462 7155

07801 577 782

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In a career spanning more than 20 years Kyle has bought, sold and let Real Estate of all types and sizes in every sector of property industry. Throughout this time he was a long serving founder member of one of the South East’s most successful Commercial & Development property agencies. In addition to a successful agency career he has held senior client-side positions in asset & property management and investment and development acquisitions affording Kyle a holistic viewpoint and greater understanding of the entire process than some agents.

Technically knowledgeable and with a keen eye for detail he has a deep understanding of how to effectively market a property and revels in getting amongst the strategy of a transaction to ensure his clients expectations are regularly exceeded.

With a natural flair for identifying development opportunities and adding value Kyle works regularly with a number of clients on acquisitions and development & planning consultancy and has specialisms in the retirement, care and affordable housing sectors.

Born and raised in the Bromley area, outside of work Kyle enjoys spending as much time as possible with his young family, travelling and all things car related.

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Stuart Jackson

Sales & Lettings

020 8462 7155

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Stuart has worked in the property industry for 10 years now.

Previously working in the East End of London specialising in Shoreditch and The City but deciding to come back to his roots and work in Bromley, Stuart brings his enthusiasm, knowledge and hard work to the company and local Bromley residents will all benefit from this.

Stuart is also a local lad that grew up in Keston, attending Keston Primary School and Hayes Secondary School so his local knowledge is second to none. Currently living in Shortlands Stuart prides himself on his excellent customer service levels and is always available to talk about property and will accommodate viewings whenever he can 7 days a week.

Stuart works very close with Lewis in ensuring that Bromley Property Company offer a customer service unlike any other local estate agent making sure all of our clients be it Vendors, Landlords, Buyers or Tenants are all looked after and dealt with in the best way possible.

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Angela McKale

Admin & Marketing

020 8462 7155

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Angela has worked supporting Lewis and his team for the last 5 years now and has taken the admin side of the business over and helps to ensure that our clients are given a service that is as efficient as possible.

She is responsible for that majority of the companies marketing and she also looks after the properties on our website as well as ensuring our clients are written to promptly.

Helping to run diaries for the team and ensuring everyone is kept on their toes is a real help and she helps keep things organised and ensures the business runs as efficiently as possible.

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Trevor Doran

Head of Property Management

07740 055 025

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Trevor has over 30 years’ experience in maintaining and managing properties.
20 years in the home improvement industry rising to director level served him well as a landlord and since 2009 owning and running his own business specialising purely in property letting and management.
A lifelong Bromley borough resident Trevor runs Bromley Property Company’s letting and management department and continues to operate at the highest possible levels of professionalism and service as the portfolio grows.
Sport and fitness play a big part in Trevor’s life as he tries to keep up with two athletic children currently in sixth form and university. He also follows the fortunes of the ever-improving Bromley FC.

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Amy has worked in Lettings and property management for 10 years starting as a Lettings Negotiator for a corporate Estate Agents in Dartford.

She then worked for an independent Estate Agent in Bexley as a Property Manager and then as Branch Manager for 3 years.

She took some time out when she had her daughter and started working again in Property Management 3 years ago.

Amy has a BA (Hons) Degree in Fashion and enjoys making clothes and she is also classically trained to Grade 6 in Piano.

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Becky Freeman

Digital Marketing & Social Media

020 8462 7155

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Becky brings with her nearly a decade of digital marketing and multi-award nominated lifestyle blogging experience, and has worked with both household names and smaller companies to create content and enhance their social and online presence. She has appeared in various Interiors & lifestyle magazines, written for publications including The Guardian, and appeared on Channel 4’s ‘Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas’ winning her category of Christmas table styling!

After a disappointing experience trying to sell her house with a local high street agent, West Wickham-based Becky had heard great things about Bromley Property Company, swapped to us and quickly sold, and says she couldn't rate Lewis and his team's knowledge of the area and honest valuation highly enough.

As a bit of a property geek with a background in both business and lifestyle marketing, Becky is now on board to oversee all things digital for us through her agency Becky Freeman Digital.

Living and raising 3 children in the local area, Becky loves Bromley and all it has to offer a young family.

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Mary Radovanovich

MAAT, MICB PM.Dip., Accounts

020 8462 7155

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Mary has been in the accounting industry for over 23 years and has a license with the AAT and ICB. Mary prides herself on excellent customer service and strongly believes in building a close working relationship with her clients.

Mary deals with the invoice payments and tax for the group as well as assisting with all aspects of accounting.