£30k FINE IF YOU DO NOT HAVE AN ELECTRICAL CERTIFICATE
LANDLORDS! If you are with an agent or self-managing, please, please, make sure you have an electrical certificate on your rental property. This became a legal requirement on the 31st March 2021.
I was shocked to receive a call from a landlord whose property was being managed by another local agent (they will remain nameless). She was ringing me to ask if she could transfer over to me, as she was not happy with the service she was receiving. In these conversations, I also ask them to check their terms of business for giving notice and then go through details of their property. During our chat, she advised she had received an email that week (middle of April) to let her know an electrical certificate was due on the property, I nearly fell off my chair. Why was the agent notifying her mid-April when it should have been done by the end of March 2021? I then had to advise her that they had opened her up to a possible £30,000 fine by not having one in place. She was NOT aware of this!
Needless to say, we are taking over the management and ensuring she is legally compliant.
If you are not sure, (you should have received a copy of the certificate) please email/phone your agent today and make sure it is in place and if you are self-managing, please get it done IMMEDIATELY! If you have not been able to gain access because your tenant is shielding, then as long as you have a paper trail of this, you should be okay, but you do need to prove this if you get a knock on the door!
If you would like a friendly chat, then please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact details and I will happily ring you back.
Remember a good agent is worth every penny when you know you can sleep peacefully at night.