The RLA’s guide page is full of information to help give private landlords every chance to succeed within the private rented sector (PRS). Construction is one area that landlords may be involved with, but may not be experts on the subject. Knowing your responsibilities and legal requirements when conducting renovations or changes to a property are imperative as a landlord. For example do you inform the Health and Safety Executive of work, if so, when? Our guide will help answer questions you may have, or may not have thought to ask!
It is landlord’s responsibility to report any construction projects to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) if the construction phase is to be longer than 30 days or if it will involve more than 500 person days of construction work. There are obligations regarding the appointment of a CDM co-ordinator, any designer and the principal contractor. Although these requirements do not apply in non-business situations, they will apply to the landlord of a residential property, where construction work is being carried out.
Not knowing is not an acceptable reason for legal infractions, make sure you are within the confines of regulatory requirements. Areas covered include:
- Regulations in question
- Construction work
- Domestic premises
- CDM co-ordination
The guide goes into greater detail to ensure that you consider most of the areas around the topic that may impact your business and investments.
The “RLA guide to construction (design and management) regulations (CDM)” is available for viewing on the RLA guides page which houses all manner of guidance for landlords. From starting a tenancy, ensuring fire safety, liability for payments, checking for legionnaires disease, all the way to ending a tenancy and avoiding illegal evictions, the RLA guides will help you remain compliant.