6. Your legal obligations
You’re legally obliged to have any gas appliances checked by a registered gas engineer annually. If you don’t you could face fines of up to £25,000 or even end up in prison.
Similarly, you’ll need to make sure that any electrical appliances are in good working order before you start renting your property – make you get someone qualified to check – your dad having a once over doesn’t count (unless he’s a registered electrician).
Something else you’ll need to have by law, is an EPC (energy performance certificate). It takes into consideration the energy efficiency of a property and you’ll need to make this available to any potential tenants.
You’ll need to install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms; you’ll also be responsible for checking that they work. If your property is an HMO (house in multiple occupation), flats or bedsits, you’ll need to have a proper risk assessment to make sure you comply with fire safety regulations.