LETTING & ESTATE AGENT

Don't let legislation bug you

Don't let legislation bug you

As both new and experienced landlords will know, there is a wide range of legislation that you need to keep up-to date with to risk hefty fines and in some cases imprisonment. At Martin & Co we recognise this, with many of the business owners and their staff landlords themselves, and are only too well aware how daunting "the legals" can be.

Following on from an outbreak of Legionnaires Disease in Edinburgh in 2012 and more recently in the Renfrew area landlords (and lettings agents) of private rented properties need to be aware of their obligations to ensure their tenants are protected against the risk of contracting the disease.

A recent change in the law has meant that established legislation on Legionnaires Disease is now applicable to water systems not only found in commercial and industrial buildings but also private rented property. In the past this legislation only applied to water systems over 300 litres in capacity, but the most significant change to water safety law in over 20 years means this 300 limit has been removed.

Great feedback from landlords of the Martin & Co Kirkaldy office proves just that, "Thank you to your team for letting us know. We take the safety and well being of our tenant very seriously and are glad that you are proceeding with this testing programme with urgency and vigour."
With a nationwide coverage, managing over 30,000 properties and a proven track record Martin & Co can help. Landlords and letting agents are now required to undertake a risk assessment and preventative action to prevent their tenants, tradesman and employees for contracting the disease. The risks of ignoring this could mean penalties of £20,000 per offence imposed, and potential litigation from tenants themselves.