Private tenants handbook

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7. Property Conditions

Gas safety

It is against the law to let a property without an up to date gas safety certificate. The landlord must also complete a check every 12 months and supply you for a copy of the latest safety check for your records within 28 days of doing the safety check.

Carbon monoxide

From 1 October 2015 landlords are required to:

  • Install a working smoke detector on each floor of the property
  • Install a carbon monoxide detector in any room with a solid fuel burning appliance (e.g. coal or wood)

Electrical safety – the landlord’s responsibilities

There is currently no legal requirement for your landlord to have annual safety checks on the electrical installations and appliances as there is with gas.    However, by law, your landlord must ensure that electrical wiring and appliances are safe.

Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)

An EPC should be provided to every PROSPECTIVE tenant free of charge at the point of enquiry as it is part of their decision making process.

Standards and Enforcement

All landlords have a duty to ensure that property they rent out meets a decent standard. If the standards of your private rental property are poor and you believe them to be a danger to your health & safety (or to anyone else living in the property) you should first contact your landlord or agent.  If the landlord or agents fails to resolve any issues within a reasonable time you can contact ask the Private Sector Housing Team for advice on 01392 265147 or email privatesectorhousing@exeter.gov.uk.

Damp and mould

The help that the Council can give depends upon the type of dampness present and what is causing it.

The City Council can use its legal powers to make landlords carry out the repairs needed to cure structural dampness.The City Council can sometimes use these same powers to deal with condensation dampness.

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