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Advice for landlords

We ensure all properties on our books are compliant and that all our landlords are operating under the required regulations.

Property standards

We have set expectations for properties that we manage; find out more about our standard requirements.

Vacant possession

When the Housing Act 1988 and its subsequent amendment came into effect there was a provision that, where a tenancy is granted by a specified educational institution to a person pursuing a course of study at that institution, that particular tenancy is not a protected tenancy.

The practical effect of this clause is that landlords leasing property to the University of Warwick under the provision of the Housing Act 1988 (as amended) do so without the problem of recovering vacant possession at the termination of the lease.

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Legal requirements

It’s really important to us that our landlords meet all legal regulations for health and safety. Properties must also meet our expected requirements, be fit for occupation and compliant with HMO regulations.

We will work with you to make this happen but there are a number of expectations that you must meet. You will find details of these below, but if you have any questions, our team of experts are ready to help.


Electricity

Under the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 and the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, all owners have a legal responsibility to ensure that both the fixed electrical installation and any appliances supplied must be safe.

It is recommended that electrical appliances are tested prior to the initial letting of the property and annually thereafter. The Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE) recommends that the fixed wiring circuits are checked for safety at least every five years.

In order to comply with the Accommodation Standards these safety checks must be carried out by ECA or NICEIC registered contractors. Any work carried out since the issue of a safety certificate must be supported by the relevant test certificate for that work. The maximum penalty for non-compliance with the regulations is a fine of £5,000 and/or six months imprisonment.

Gas

Under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, all owners have a legal responsibility to ensure that annual safety checks are made on all gas appliances, flues and installation pipe work in the property.

Any work carried out on gas appliances must be by a Gas Safe registered engineer. The maximum penalty on conviction in a Magistrates Court for failure to comply with this regulation is £5,000.

With our fully managed property scheme, we have negotiated preferential rates with a local company to:

  • carry out an annual safety check
  • issue the Landlord’s Gas Safety Record
  • provide maintenance cover.

Furniture

Under furniture fire safety regulations, providers of furnished accommodation must ensure all furniture meets fire resistance requirements as detailed in the 1988 Furniture and Furnishings (Fire Safety) Regulations.

Asbestos

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 section 3, the University as a letting agent and all owners letting their properties have a general duty to ensure as far as reasonably practicable, that people affected by the activities of both parties are not exposed to risks to their health and safety.

This can only be achieved by identifying, assessing, monitoring and managing any risk. All new owners placing their properties with Warwick Accommodation which were built before the year 2000 are therefore required to have an Asbestos Management survey carried out on their behalf by the University's approved accredited contractor.