Test Valley Lettings

Property requirements

In order for a property to be considered suitable for a tenant, you will need to ensure it meets the following standards:

  • The property must be in reasonable physical condition and free from any serious housing health and safety hazards.
     
  • The electrical installation and any electrical appliances supplied with the accommodation must be in satisfactory condition.
     
  • Any furniture supplied with the accommodation must conform to the requirements of the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire Safety) Regulations 1988.
     
  • The property must be fitted with fixed heating in all rooms
     
  • The property, as a minimum, must have battery operated smoke detectors provided in the hallway and landing. In a house in multiple occupation (HMO) a mains powered alarm system and other fire precautions must be installed appropriate to the type and size of the accommodation in line with LACORS housing fire safety guidance and a fire risk assessment must have been completed.
     
  • A carbon monoxide detector of the audible alarm type must be fitted in close proximity to the gas boiler or solid fuel burning appliance.
     
  • Documents to be provided:
  1. An Energy Performance Certificate - EPC (some HMOs may be exempt). This must be at band E or above unless a valid exemption has been registered.
  2. Valid Gas Safety Certificate where any gas appliances are in the property
  3. Electrical Installation Condition Report – This is mandatory for all HMO properties and recommended for all others. 
     
  • The property must not be an unlicensed house in multiple occupation under section 55 of the Housing Act 2004.