Making rented homes safe, legal and secure will now be easier to achieve thanks to a new guide for landlords.
The promise comes as the Residential Landlords Association launches its new ‘Safe and Secure’ tool kit.
The project provides landlords with a single website, using an interactive picture of a house which, when clicked on, provides easy to understand information on how landlords can meet the legal standards required of them.
Advice includes how best to ensure gas, electrical and fire safety as well as information on how to prevent damp and mould; improving the energy efficiency of a property and how to prevent trips and falls around the house.
Each part of the house, when clicked on, provides details of the legal requirements for a landlord and information on the likely cost of fitting safety features such as window safety locks; carbon monoxide detectors; and fire alarms.
It also includes a simple, easy to understand check list about features a landlord should check regularly to ensure that the homes they rent out are safe, legal and secure.
According to the most recent English Housing Survey, sixteen per cent of private rented sector properties have at least one hazard that means the home fails the minimum safety standards expected of them.
Launching the site, Alan Ward, Chairman of the RLA said:
“Providing a safe, legal and secure home should be the first duty of any landlord to their tenant.
“Whilst the vast majority of homes to rent meet the legal standards required of them, we must do all we can to support landlords to address hazards quickly when they arise.
“The reality is that there a large number of legal requirements expected of rented homes. The problem is not a lack of law but of enforcing these requirements and ensuring landlords understand the complexities of renting homes out.
“This website provides a simple, easy to understand tool kit for landlords to ensure rented homes meet the standards required of them.”
- The RLA’s “Safe and Secure” tool kit is available at http://www.rla.org.uk/landlord/safe-and-secure/. It is being launched on the first day of the Local Government Association’s annual conference in Harrogate.
- The Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) is a risk assessment tool used to assess potential risks to the health and safety of occupants in residential properties. The minimum safety standard component of decent homes is failed if one or more Category 1 HHSRS hazards are present.
- According to the independent English Housing Survey Headline Report for 2013-14 16% of private rented sector dwellings failing the minimum safety standard. The report is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/406740/English_Housing_Survey_Headline_Report_2013-14.pdf .