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The Government’s announcement on 23rd Mach 2020 that it was restricting all non-essential travel created a degree of uncertainty for landlords, particularly with regard to the provision of essential maintenance and safety measures such as gas safety inspections.

The Government has recently introduced a series of measures to assist landlords and tenants affected by the coronavirus and we advise on these measures below. We have also made operational changes to our business practices to reflect the current situation and to comply with Government advice.

There are a considerable number of legal and regulatory requirements placed on landlords when letting property. Those requirements extend to ensuring that you furnish tenants with relevant information concerning the property and their tenancy. The following is a list of documents that, by law, should accompany any new tenancy.

Landlords should take appropriate steps to ensure the health and safety of tenants by keeping rented property safe and free from health hazards, including Legionnaires' Disease. Landlords must conduct a risk assessment of rented property to identify conditions that might support the growth and multiplication of the Legionella bacteria

As a landlord, you will want to maximise the return on your investment, manage the risk involved in renting out property and minimise the amount of “hassle” involved in property management. To achieve this, you will need to find a great letting agent.

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