• July 30th, 2015 - 
  • Posted by SEOCLD

Keeping On Top of Landlord Obligations

These days, landlords have to comply with a number of legislations in order to legally let a property. These include property maintenance, scheduling gas safety inspections, and keeping insurance up to date.

Fulfilling these requirements can be a challenge, particularly for those landlords responsible for a portfolio of properties. GNB Property maintenance software allows you to ensure that all your obligations are met, reminding you when those crucial inspections and renewals are due.

Tenancy Agreements and Deposits

Landlords are obliged to provide a statement of tenancy terms within 28 days of the tenancy commencing. In addition they must use a UK government-approved deposit protection scheme to hold the tenancy deposit.

Using property management software ensures the safe and secure storage of all agreements and records. GNB software will also manage your accounting, avoiding the need for multiple systems and allowing easily access to all your data in one location.

Gas and Fire safety

Landlords must have a gas safety certificate for gas boilers and all appliances they provide and maintain a record for at least 12 months. What’s more from October 2015, landlords will have to ensure that working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are installed in their properties.

It is also a legal requirement that all furniture and furnishings provided under the tenancy meet fire safety standards. Landlords are therefore advised to keep records detailing the safety information of any new or existing furnishings.

Those landlords failing to meet any of these requirements are committing a criminal offence, which could result in fines or imprisonment.

General Upkeep and repairs

Landlords are responsible for maintaining the structure and exterior of the property. This includes roofing, walls, chimneys, guttering and drains. Landlords must also keep all systems and equipment for the supply of water, gas and electricity in safe working order. This includes electrical appliances such as kettles, table lamps, toasters and microwaves.

Maintenance management software allows the easy scheduling of maintenance for all your responsible properties. This helps landlords to deal with any issues early, avoiding more serious problems or the need for emergency repairs and reducing costs and inconvenience.

Insurance Renewals

It is essential for landlords to hold an up to date insurance policy both to comply with legislation and to ensure they are protected. GNB Property Management Software enables easy management of your insurance renewals. By alerting you to impending renewals in plenty of time, there is ample opportunity to review each policy and ensure that it best suits your needs.

Property Management Software allows easy management of your landlord obligations, saving you time and protecting you against the threat of legal claims. The system allows you to schedule all inspections and renewals in a timely manner, ensuring that you remain compliant at all times. What’s more you will be safe in the knowledge that your data is secure and easily accessible, leaving you free to focus on growing your business.

For more information on GNB Software or to find out how property management software could benefit you, visit our dedicated page or contact us today.

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