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Private tenants handbook

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8. Is the property in a good state of repair?

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.


More information is available in the Tenants Handbook.