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Anyone who has control of premises, including landlords, must be able to show that they understand and have considered the health risks associated with legionella and legionnaires’ disease. Legionella is a type of pathogenic bacteria that causes a range of pneumonia-like illnesses and legionnaire’s disease is...

Landlords have a legal obligation to ensure that their properties comply with fire safety regulations. This is absolutely critical: there is an average of 32,000 fires in domestic premises every year, and in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy the importance of complying with fire...

Landlords must ensure that all gas appliances in a property are safe for tenants to use, which requires them to: Arrange for a Gas Safe registered engineer to install and maintain gas supplies. These checks must occur every 12 months.Have an up-to-date gas safety record. This is sometimes referred to as a...

Although it was banned from use in 1999, asbestos is still present in many old buildings. Landlords of these types of properties must ensure they manage the risks posed by asbestos, as it can significantly harm those exposed to it. To help them manage these...

Under Part 5 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016, provision was made to allow for legislation to be created for electrical safety standards in private rented property. The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 have now been published in draft form and must...

Better to be safe! An assembly member has welcomed the introduction of legislation for carbon monoxide detectors in rented homes in Wales. The Welsh Government says new regulations are to be introduced to tackle the threat of carbon monoxide poisoning. Around 60 people a year are killed by carbon...

All locks depend on how good the quality of wood in the door and frame is. It would be wise to consider getting a builder to secure the door frame to the brickwork before fitting any extra locks. Choosing the locks that conform to British Standards...

Winter is here and while there’s not much you can do to stop it getting cold outside, you can still make sure your nice and warm. Read some tips to keep your house warm in the Winter. Heat your home, not your walls   Putting foil behind...

Benefits of a new build So why buy a new home? What is it about a brand new home that is so attractive? From first-time buyers to retirees, downsizers to growing families, there are numerous of reasons for purchasing a new build. Incentives Many new build properties can...

Owning a commercial, industrial or residential property can offer a number of benefits, however, you might not be able to gain the best benefits if you do not maintain your property in the best way possible to satisfy yourself or tenants currently living in that...