Marsdens Property Management Blog

Welcome to Marsdens Property Management

We are very pleased to announce the launch of our new Property Management website. Months of research & design have gone into the re-design of the website. Together with it’s new fresh look, we have included some features that will ensure visiting the website will be a quicker, easier and a more interactive experience.

New additions to the website include a tenants’ section which provides an abundance of relevant, helpful information such as the ‘How To’ video guides and redesigned property page which makes searching for a house a much easier experience.

Following feedback from our landlords we now have a designated landlords’ section which includes information on all of the services we offer, helpful tax and buy-to-let advice and a new blog which will give upto the minute lettings and legislative news. In conjunction with its extra features and contemporary design, the website will have a new search engine control panel which ensures the site is ranked higher on the key search engines such as Google. This means even more prospective tenants and landlords registering their interest in our comprehensive services.

We hope you find the new website an informative and interactive experience and we welcome any feedback you may have to offer.

Expert Lettings Advice - Legal Requirements

As an experienced and well respected Lettings agent we are regularly asked advice in regards to Landlord obligations. An example of such question along with our response is below.

If you are looking for an experienced knowledgeable agent to let your property, feel free to contact our office and arrange a free no obligation valuation

Q - Is it a legal requirement to have an electrical safety certificate for a rented property? If so, who is responsible for it, landlord or agent, even if the agent is not managing the property?

A - It is a legal requirement that an annual gas safety inspection is carried out by a Gas Safe registered operator, a gas safety certificate issued and a copy supplied to the tenant in all rented residential properties.

A current certificate must be in force when any new tenants enters a property. This is not the case with electrical systems and appliances - there is no legal requirement at present for an annual check and certificate.

However, there is a legal requirement that the landlord provides a safe building, and should there be an accident due to faulty or sub-standard electrical system or appliances, the landlord (not usually the agent ) could find himself liable. It is, therefore, in the landlord's own interests to have electrical systems checked by a competent electrician every five to ten years.

All electrical  appliances should be visually checked at the start of every tenancy and if there is any doubt, properly tested.Any used electrical appliances introduced by the landlord should be PAT tested. Ideally the electrical system should be brought up to Electrical Regulation standard, with a RCD (Residual Current Device) fitted at the consumer unit. 

Expert Lettings Advice - Gas Safety Certificate

As an experienced and well respected Lettings agent we are regularly asked advice in regards to Landlord obligations. An example of such question along with our response is below.

If you are looking for an experienced knowledgeable agent to let your property, feel free to contact our office and arrange a free no obligation valuation. 

Q - Is it necessary to have a gas check done and a certificate issued on a brand new property?

A - Landlords must by law have a gas safety check performed annually and a Gas Safety Certiicate issued prior to letting a residential property.

These checks must be carried out by a Gas Safety registered engineer/ installer and should include all gas appliances, systems, pipework and flues in the property. A Gas Safety Certificate will be issued which lasts for 12 months and a copy must be supplied to the tenant/s on entry and every 12 months thereafter.

In the case of a new property, where the appliances and systems have just been commissioned by a Gas Safety registered installer, a Gas Safety Certificate will have been issued at the time the system is commissioned.