Welcome to Country Properties, your trusted partner for all your landlord obligations in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.
Stay compliant effortlessly with our expert guidance and support. We specialise in simplifying complex legislation, ensuring you have the knowledge and tools to meet all legal requirements.
Demystifying Letting Laws
From deposits and electrics to furnishings and energy consumption, we’ve got you covered. Our team will break down the key legislation, making it easy to understand and implement in your property lettings.
Safe and Stylish Furnishings
Upgrade your blinds with fixed cords or ball bearing pulls to ensure safety and prevent asphyxiation hazards. Compliance with the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire & Safety) Regulations 1988 is crucial for all landlords. While most post-March 1990 items meet the standards, proper labelling is essential to avoid prosecution.
Electrics and Gas in Focus
Electrical safety is a top concern. Even portable appliances require regular checks. Before a tenant moves in, it’s crucial to test the property’s electrical installation and address any necessary repairs. Periodic testing every 5-10 years is recommended, with proper record-keeping.
Energy efficiency is now a paramount responsibility. New builds must have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), and private rental properties must achieve a minimum EPC rating of E. Non-compliance can result in penalties of up to £4,000.
Tenants have the right to request consent for energy efficiency improvements.
Annual gas appliance testing and a Gas Safety Certificate (GSC) are mandatory. At Country Properties, we prioritise tenant safety and require a valid GSC before commencing any tenancy.
Hygiene and Hazard Awareness
The Housing Act 2004 outlines 29 prescribed hazards that landlords must address. From damp and mould to carbon monoxide risks, we ensure all reasonable steps are taken to prevent hazards. Psychological hazards, infection risks, and accident-prone elements are also addressed comprehensively.
Seamless Checkouts, Deposits, and Right to Rent
Let us handle the checkout inspection to determine any tenant liability for damages during their tenancy. Should disputes arise, we can assist in arbitration proceedings.
Protecting your tenant’s deposit is our priority. As per the Housing Act 2004, we strictly adhere to regulations, limiting deposits to 5 weeks’ rent (6 weeks for rents over £50,000 per year). Our tenancy deposit scheme ensures full compliance.
To meet legal requirements, we thoroughly verify tenants’ right to rent in the UK before the start of any tenancy.
Partner with Country Properties for hassle-free landlord compliance in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, and Cambridgeshire. Contact us today for expert guidance tailored to your needs.