LETTINGS NEWS: Amateur landlords risk flouting the law on health and safety
Some ‘amateur’ landlords are putting tenants’ lives at risk and could face substantial penalties for flouting health and safety legislation, according to British Gas.
A survey conducted by the utility firm this spring shows that one in five amateur landlords – people whose rental properties are not their only source of income – either fails to have a gas safety check carried out on their properties each year, or use an unqualified contractor who is not accredited on the Gas Safe register.
Both of these failings are in fact against the law and leave the landlord open to hefty fines or, in extreme cases, jail sentences.
The increasing complexity of letting a property – not just because of health and safety laws but also with compulsory tenancy checks, deposit security and local council rules – shows the wisdom of using professional letting agents who are abreast of the latest regulations.