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Is it time for a Spring safety check on your rental properties?

RLA Safe and Secure Home
Natalie Williamson
Written by Natalie Williamson

Spring is just around the corner so why not freshen up your knowledge and ensure that your properties are fully safe, legal and secure with our property safety checklist; the RLA Safe and Secure Home.

Landlords are under increasing obligation to ensure their properties are compliant with current Health and Safety laws and in a fast changing legal environment it is crucial that Landlords are fully up to speed with the standards expected of them.

A key example of this is the compulsory EPC rating of an ‘E’ standard by 2018. This standard must be met otherwise it will be illegal for you to rent out your properties that do not achieve an E rating or above by the deadline. In the absence of Green Deal funding and other incentives for Landlords the RLA are seeking clarification from the Government how Landlords will be expected to meet this cost. In the meantime, the RLA Safe and Secure Home will give you some ideas how this standard can be achieved.

This easy to use property safety checklist tool will also help you to identify what hazards to look for in your property to ensure that you are renting a safe, legal and secure home to your tenant.

This is based on the universal Local Authority risk assessment tool – the Housing, Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) to help you to avoid any potential safety or enforcement problems.

There are two versions of the site one for England and one for Wales as some laws around property standards and licensing are different in England and Wales.

To take a look at the English version of the site click here.

If you would like to look at the Welsh version of the site click here.

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About the author

Natalie Williamson

Natalie Williamson

Natalie Williamson is the Senior Policy Officer for the RLA and has worked for the Association since 2013. With almost ten years experience in Housing policy and research since graduating from the University of Manchester in Philosophy and Politics , Natalie leads on the RLAs Health and Safety , Welfare and Fuel Poverty Policy areas.

Prior to working for the RLA Natalie worked for a DCLG appointed National Body for Home Improvement Agencies and worked with multiple Government Departments on policies to enable older people and those living with disabilities to remain independent in their own home. Whilst working here Natalie wrote and had published a good practice guide ‘Supporting People in Private Rented Sector Housing’.

It was whilst writing this guide that Natalie worked closely with private landlords and Council Landlord forums and built up a knowledge around the PRS.

Since taking up her position at the RLA Natalie has worked hard to change the narrative of private landlords by working on research projects on welfare and homelessness and also delivered the RLA Safe and Secure Home to help Landlords achieve safe housing for their tenants.

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