This week at City Rental Services we’re going to discuss the need to check tenants in properly, promptly and professionally.
Our letting agents have recently been advised that it’s now a necessity to check that any fire protection system is in working order on the day any new tenancy commences in any rented property in Bristol.
There are so many different types of fire protection systems – with the minimum legal requirement being 10-year-guaranteed smoke detectors on each level, and the maximum requirement being a full panel alarm in a rented house or apartment.
Bristol landlords who manage their own properties need to be fully aware of the need to comply with the legislation.
This means that they should not only ensure that at the very least 10-year-guaranteed battery-operated alarms are fitted, but also to ensure that the systems are checked and signed off as safe and fully operational on the first day of any new tenancy.
In addition, fire alarm systems need to be checked every six months and the certificates kept safely. This should also include Emergency Lighting Certificates, if fitted.
Tenants in rented properties in Bristol need to be given some understanding of how these systems work, and reminded NOT to interfere with the workings of the systems.
Tenants should also be educated on the importance of not removing or damaging detector heads, to respect the alarm systems and to take notice if the alarm actually rings.
A few moments spent with your tenants at the start of their tenancies can protect them should there be a fire. Potentially, it could save lives.
For further information on this important aspect of letting your property, check out the free downloadable PDF booklet for property landlords in Bristol here on The Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015.
If you’re looking for advice on managing rented accommodation in Bristol, please call into 58 Gloucester Road to see us – as an independent letting agency in Bristol, we’re here to help.