Your Obligations 1. You must ensure that your property is ready for our tenancy: that it’s in good repair, that any required work has been undertaken, and if it’s your first tenancy with us that it’s been professionally cleaned to a high standard. We can arrange the clean with our cleaners if you’d like – just ask. 2. Legal and other requirements: you must arrange for all of the necessary inspections to take place at your property and provide Student Homes with the relevant paperwork. These include: > EPC prior to tenancy beginning (these need renewing every 10 years) > Gas safety inspection (required annually) > Fire Alarm systems – depending on the type of system in place at your property a biannual, or annual service may be required.* (The same applies for emergency lighting). > Electrical Testing. PAT Testing isn’t currently a legal requirement, although it’s good practice to have appliances tested annually. Ensuring that electrical appliances are safe is a responsibility that landlords do have – PAT testing is the easiest way to observe this responsibility and is relatively inexpensive. We expect you to have portable appliances PAT tested before your tenancy with us begins, and on an annual basis thereafter. We can arrange this for you if you’d like.
> Electrical installation condition report (these need renewing every 5 years). > HMO Licencing: Only if your property is a licensable HMO (the licence will need renewing every 5 years). > You must have a fire risk assessment carried out by a qualified assessor, and undertake the work they advise, prior to your property being managed by Student Homes. A copy of the report needs to be provided to Student Homes for their records. We can recommend an assessor to you. 3. You are responsible for attending to any issues that arise at your property as a result of wear and tear – by this we mean repairs that are required as a result of everyday use, or items that need renewing as they’ve had their time; replacing mattresses that have become uncomfortable, painting walls to freshen up the décor after a number of tenancies, cleaning carpets and so forth. If necessary, we can arrange for such work to be undertaken on your behalf – we can do this on an ad hoc or regular basis, including any servicing /testing that is required at your property. We can also agree a budget for reactive maintenance so we can conduct work without needing to bother you. We will always get in touch if the budget may be exceeded or if any one job is deemed as significant, whether in monetary value or by its impact to the property.
* Student Homes staff will test alarms and systems prior to each new tenancy beginning, and during routine inspections. The same applies to carbon monoxide detectors.
4. Pests: You will need to address any pest issues provided that they haven’t arisen due to failings of the sub tenants. Pest issues you may need to address include: mice, bird mites (from old nesting materials or birds in attic spaces), wasps nests, cockroaches. 5. You are obliged to let us know about any visits that you, or your contractors, are due to make to your property in order that we can provide our student tenants with notice. Our tenancy agreements with the students indicate that we’ll give them 24 hours’ notice or more for routine visits and that access with less notice will only be reserved for emergencies. 6. We will write to you and send a report through after we’ve undertaken each routine inspection of your property. You’ll be made aware of any remedial issues we encounter and also provided with details about any tenant behaviour issues we’ve found and how we’ll be approaching these. 7. You are responsible for making any improvements or alterations to your property that are required by law, or as a result of a change in legislation. A recent example would the requirement for carbon monoxide detectors to be provided and maintained in rental properties.