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Ask the Expert, Jackie Monro, FARLA, FNAEA, Balfours letting agent

As a landlord with two cottages and a former farmhouse, are there any new regulations coming into force for landlords that we should be aware of?

Yes, the regulations continue to flow. The most important one to be aware of is that from April 1 this year all let properties will require an electrical safety certificate. Since last June only new tenancies have had to have a certificate.

At Balfours, as part of best practice, this is something we have been encouraging for some time, but if there are landlords out there who have longer term tenants and who haven’t addressed the issue, then now is the time. If there is any remedial work to be undertaken, then this will be outlined along with its risk or recommendation. Once a certificate is issued and from April onwards an inspection and test must be carried out by a person who is qualified and competent, every five years.

They will be checking “fixed” electrics within the property, for example wiring, sockets, light fittings, fuse box and hot water cylinders, among others. However appliances are not part of the regulation. If they are owned by the tenant it is their responsibility to ensure they are safe. If they are owned by the landlord then they must be PAT – Portable Appliance Tested.

Landlords should also be aware that as a result of BREXIT, in June 2021, new guidance will be published covering how landlords can perform “right to rent checks” for EU, EEA and Switzerland. Currently taking their nation ID card or passport as proof of their right to rent is acceptable. If you would like further information on lettings, email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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