At Layco Properties, we strongly recommend that landlords should protect themselves against the failure of their tenant to pay rent or leave their property when requested to do so. In the current economic environment rent guarantee is no longer a ‘Nice to Have’ rather it is an Essential part of the landlord’s armoury.
Every diligent landlord wants to have good tenants in their property who look after and pay for, the home you have provided them with. To become a landlord in the first place you will have carefully invested time and money to ensure your property investment is a success over time. Key to this is choosing a conscientious agent who will help you to select the right tenants.
We strive to ensure through our own careful due diligence combined with comprehensive third-party professional referencing, your needs are always met.
Unfortunately, in harsh economic conditions, even the best tenants can fall on hard times and unforeseen circumstances may result in unpaid rent arrears, This is why Layco Properties have partnered with Alan Boswell Group, to give landlords access to cover which also comes with legal expenses as standard, so you can get rent protection in the event of a tenant defaulting and any legal expenses costs you may incur, including:
• Property Owners Legal Disputes
• Repair & Renovation Disputes
• Health & Safety Prosecutions
• Attendance Expenses
• Up to £2,500 per month (Max 12 Months) rental payments
• Up to £100,000 Legal Cover
• Legal Advice Helpline
• Nil Excess
Layco Properties have partnered with Reposit to offer a No Deposit option.
With a Reposit, Landlords can get up to the value of 8 weeks rent equivalent of protection as opposed to the standard 5 weeks with a traditional deposit.
Read the brochure below for more information.
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There are approximately 145 laws, and over 400 regulations, that need to be followed to legally let a property in Aylesbury and in-fact, all of England.
As a Licenced Propertymark Letting Agent in Aylesbury ,to help you get to grips with what’s expected, we have outlined the main safety concerns that you need to be aware of and any legal obligations that you must meet.
It is a legal requirement that all rental properties in England follow the Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Regulations.
These regulations require that you install at least one smoke alarm on every floor of the property where a room is used wholly or partly as living accommodation and a carbon monoxide alarms must be installed in any room containing a solid fuel-burning appliance such as a wood burner, coal fire or biomass.
On the first day of a new tenancy, you or your letting agent must make sure that each alarm is in proper working order.
Research has shown that more than 1 in 3 private landlords did not know it was their responsibility to get gas appliances checked, with 1 in 7 wrongly believing this was the responsibility of their local council. With this in mind, are you aware that it is a landlord's legal requirement to:
Any gas appliances and flues/chimneys must be maintained and kept in a safe condition. You should be able to do this by following the manufacturer’s service instructions. However, if you can't find these instructions, you should make sure they are serviced annually unless a Gas Safe registered engineer advises otherwise.
As well as any appliances it is also your responsibility to make sure that any gas pipework in the property is maintained and kept in a safe condition. Regular inspections will help you with this by highlighting repairs you need to make. It’s worth noting that installation pipework is not covered by the annual gas safety check and so ask your engineer to carry out a tightness test on the gas system and visually examine the pipework for any defects or damage at the same time.
Before you let your property you need to make sure that all the gas equipment (including any appliances left by a previous tenant) is safe, if it isn't, make sure you get it fixed or removed before your new tenant moves in. If your tenant has their own gas appliances you're still responsible for maintaining the pipework but not for the maintenance of the actual appliance.
To help minimise disruption it is seen as good practice to ask your engineer to inspect and test the pipework in between tenancies.
You must arrange an annual safety check on all gas appliances and flues with a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer.
New regulations came into force in April 2018 which gave landlords a bit more flexibility, by allowing you to get a new gas safety certificate up to two months before the current certificate expires while keeping the same expiry date - similar in style to a car's MOT.
These MOT style changes do not relax your regulatory requirements or reduce safety standards, they just aim to introduce a degree of flexibility to the timing of landlords’ annual gas safety checks. This will help avoid you from waiting until the last minute and not being able to gain access or having to shorten the annual cycle check to comply with the law.
You are not responsible for safety checks on gas appliances owned by your tenant or any flues that solely connect to tenant-owned appliances.
A record of the annual safety check should be issued by a Gas Safe registered engineer and you must give a copy of the record to your tenants within 28 days of the check being completed, or to a new tenant at the start of their tenancy.
You will need to keep copies for at least two years, however, if you have used the new regulations to give you flexibility in arranging your gas safety checks, you need to keep hold of the records until two further gas safety checks have been carried out.
You can keep your records electronically, as long as you can reproduce it in hard copy format when it's requested, it is secure from loss and interference, and clearly identifies the engineer who issued the record.
Since 1st January 2013, flues that remove fumes from a room sealed, fan assisted boiler and are concealed in a void (for example, in a ceiling, behind a wall or within boxing) must have suitably sized inspection hatches installed so that the entire length of the flue can be inspected by a Gas Safe registered engineer during the safety check.
If a flue is inaccessible or the hatches are not positioned correctly or of adequate size to allow the entire flue to be inspected, the engineer will classify the appliance as ‘At Risk and apply a ‘Danger Do Not Use’ label to the appliance.
If, for any reason, an engineer has turned an appliance off and issued a warning notice, the appliance must not be turned on under any circumstances and the ‘Danger Do Not Use’ sticker must not be removed, until an engineer has rectified the defects - your tenant has a duty not to use an appliance they believe to be dangerous. If a heating appliance has been disconnected, you must provide your tenants with emergency heating, while arranging for appropriate remedial work by a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer.
Some landlords may have issues getting access to the property in order to complete checks. Your tenancy agreement should allow the landlord access for any maintenance or safety check work that needs to be done, but they must not use force to enter the property.
If your tenant is refusing access, you must show you’ve taken all reasonable steps to comply with the law, such as repeating attempts to carry out the safety check and writing to your tenant to explain that a safety check is a legal requirement that is in place for their own safety.
As a landlord, you have a legal duty to ensure that your rental property, and any electrical equipment that you have provided, is safe before a tenancy begins and throughout its duration.
You must ensure that:
From 1 June 2020, new Electrical Safety Standard Regulations came into effect for landlords in England, applying to new tenancies from 1 July 2020 and existing tenancies from 1 April 2021.
The regulations state that landlords must do the following:
The report you receive on the electrical safety of the property must be used as follows:
Be aware, that your local authority has to power to arrange remedial action on the property and fine you up to £30,000 if your property is found to breach electrical safety standards.;
Tenants should flag electrical problems as soon as they appear, and they have the responsibility to maintain any electrical items that they bring into the property.
It is recommended that tests are carried out by a registered electrician at least every five years and you should provide your tenants with a record of any electrical inspections. Landlords should be aware of any responsibilities they have for communal areas of a house, block of flats, or estate that residents use in common with other tenants e.g. landings and kitchens.
Landlords should provide tenants with a record of any electrical inspections.
Legionnaires’ disease is a pneumonia-like infection caused by Legionella bacteria, commonly through the inhalation of small droplets of contaminated water. Landlords must assess and control the risk of exposure of tenants to Legionella.
Control measures include:
You should let your tenants know about any control measures they should be doing including regularly cleaning any showerheads. You should also ask them to let you or their agent know if problems occur with the water system, or if the water is not heating properly.
Also, if they have been out of the property for a while, tenants should run taps thoroughly to help reduce risk.
You should keep any records of any legionella assessments and plan follow up checks to be carried out periodically.
For further help and advice in controlling the risk of Legionella, please visit the Health & Safety Executive.
The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 set levels of fire resistance for domestic upholstered furniture, furnishings and other products containing upholstery.
All furnishings should pass the 'smouldering cigarette' and 'match flame' resistance test and carry a label confirming this. Generally, items manufactured in the UK after 1990 are likely to meet the required standards and display the appropriate permanent label confirming their compliance.
If items do not comply they should be removed from the property before it is let, apart from where they are exemptions (e.g. furniture manufactured before 1950).
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We will market your property to help find you the best possible tenant at the best possible rent. We Vet applicants prior to showing them your property. We carry out a full reference check and right to rent check on the successful applicant and draw up and serve all tenancy documentation to ensure your tenancy is fully compliant. (additional services listed below) minimum fee of £500 applies for Tenant Find Service.
TDS Custodial Deposit Protection
Inventory, Check In, Check Out
£SEE Fee & Service Document
In addition to finding you a tenant with our tenant find service, we will collect the rent and disburse to you along with a detailed statement of account. If your tenant is late paying, we will chase the payment and will provide you with the right advice if you need to take a tenant to court for rent arrears. (set up fee applies) (additional services detailed above, prices apply)
Set Up Fee
Sit back, relax, let us take the strain. In addition to finding your tenant and handling the rent, we will handle all day to day matters, organise maintenance and repairs, carry out routine inspections, give you advice on improvements needed to ensure the property is safe and compliant at all times. (set up fee applies) (additional services detailed above, prices apply)
Set Up Fee
*3RD PARTY COSTS WILL ALWAYS BE PAYABLE BY THE LANDLORD, BUT WILL BE AGREED IN ADVANCE. FOR FULL FEE SCHEDULE DOWNLOAD FEES & SERVICES DOCUMENT AT TOP OF PAGE
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