Why compliance is crucial for landlords

Why Compliance is Crucial for Landlords: A Focus on Gas Certificates and EICR

As a landlord, ensuring compliance with legal requirements is not just about avoiding penalties and fines—it’s about safeguarding your property, protecting your tenants, and maintaining a reputable and trustworthy business. At Latham Smith Ltd, we understand the complexities of property management and the importance of adhering to all regulatory standards. Among the various compliance aspects, gas safety certificates and Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR) are critical. Here’s why compliance is vital and how Latham Smith Ltd can help you stay on top of these essential requirements.

The Importance of Compliance in Property Letting

Compliance in property letting encompasses adhering to various legal obligations set by the government to ensure the safety, health, and well-being of tenants. These regulations cover everything from property maintenance to tenant rights and safety standards. Failing to comply can lead to severe consequences, including hefty fines, legal action, and reputational damage. More importantly, non-compliance can put tenants at risk of accidents, injuries, or even fatalities.

Gas Safety Certificates

What is a Gas Safety Certificate?

A Gas Safety Certificate (CP12) is a document that confirms a property’s gas appliances have been inspected by a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer and meet the required safety standards. This certificate must be renewed annually and covers appliances such as boilers, ovens, and any other gas-powered systems.

Why is it Important?

  1. Tenant Safety: Faulty gas appliances can lead to gas leaks, fires, explosions, and carbon monoxide poisoning. Ensuring regular inspections and obtaining a gas safety certificate significantly reduces these risks.
  2. Legal Requirement: By law, landlords must provide a valid gas safety certificate to their tenants within 28 days of the inspection. Failure to comply can result in substantial fines and even imprisonment.
  3. Peace of Mind: Regular gas inspections provide peace of mind for both landlords and tenants, knowing that the property is safe and compliant with legal standards.

Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR)

What is an EICR?

An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is an official document provided after a qualified electrician has assessed the electrical systems and installations within a property. The report details any damage, deterioration, or defects, along with recommendations for improvements.

Why is it Important?

  1. Preventing Electrical Hazards: Electrical faults can cause fires, electric shocks, and other hazards. An EICR identifies potential issues before they become dangerous, ensuring the electrical safety of the property.
  2. Regulatory Compliance: Since June 2020, it is mandatory for landlords to ensure that every fixed electrical installation is inspected and tested at least every five years. An up-to-date EICR is required to prove compliance.
  3. Property Value: Regular electrical inspections help maintain the property’s value by ensuring that all electrical installations are up to standard and safe for long-term use.

How Latham Smith Ltd Ensures Compliance

At Latham Smith Ltd, we prioritize compliance to protect our clients’ investments and their tenants’ safety. Here’s how we help landlords meet their legal obligations:

  1. Scheduled Inspections: We keep track of all compliance deadlines, including annual gas safety checks and the five-year EICR requirement, ensuring inspections are carried out promptly.
  2. Qualified Professionals: We work with certified Gas Safe registered engineers and qualified electricians to conduct thorough inspections and issue the necessary certificates and reports.
  3. Record Keeping: We maintain detailed records of all inspections and certifications, providing easy access to documentation when needed and ensuring that all compliance paperwork is up-to-date.
  4. Proactive Management: Our proactive approach means we handle all aspects of compliance, from scheduling inspections to addressing any identified issues, so landlords can focus on other aspects of property management.
  5. Tenant Communication: We ensure clear and timely communication with tenants regarding inspection schedules and any necessary maintenance, fostering a good landlord-tenant relationship.


Compliance with safety regulations, particularly regarding gas certificates and EICR, is non-negotiable for responsible landlords. It ensures the safety and well-being of tenants, protects your property investment, and upholds your legal obligations. At Latham Smith Ltd, we take the burden of compliance off your shoulders, providing professional, reliable, and comprehensive property management services. Trust us to keep your property safe, compliant, and worry-free.

Contact Latham Smith Ltd today to learn more about how we can help you navigate the complexities of property compliance and ensure your peace of mind.