Important Health And Safety considerations for Commercial Landlords

By Anita Jaynes on 16 December, 2020

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Making sure your commercial property is fit and safe for use is one of the most important responsibilities for landlords. This important not just for the profitability of your property but for the wellbeing of your tenants.

If you are looking to rent out a property for business use here are a few of the most important things you must ensure are done so that your tenants can use your property safely.

Fire Safety

Ensuring fire safety is one of the most vital duties of care that a landlord owes to a tenant. Before renting out a commercial property you should ensure that you carry out a fire risk assessment and ensure that all of the fire doors and exits are functional. Properly set up, mains connected fire alarms are also imperative.

While day to day fire safety will be the responsibility of your tenants once they have agreed to the lease, you must ensure that the building is up to an acceptable fire safety standard before anyone moves in.

Pest Control

You should deal with any pest problems before a new tenant moves in. In some cases, it may not be your responsibility to remove any pests if they have been caused by the actions of someone else, but it is important to identify and deal with any pest issues before they can become bigger problems down the line.

If you do find a pest problem you must use a reputable pest controller to deal with the issue. An experienced pest controller like DK Environmental is key to ensuring that any pests are dealt with humanely and to minimise the risk of pests returning.

Electrical Safety

While there is no legal requirement for electrical assessments to be done, it is a good idea to do these checks regardless. It is recommended that you carry out assessments every 5 years to ensure that you keep your tenants safe.

This will also help to maintain the general health of your property, making it profitable and safe for years to come.

Pollutants And Toxic Materials

You should have your building surveyed for any potentially hazardous materials within your property. There is a legal responsibility on the owner of a building to ensure that any asbestos is dealt with properly and safely.

It is a major legal requirement to identify the presence of asbestos and take steps to ensure that it is properly contained or disposed of. This is particularly important if there is any work to be done to the building as asbestos is a serious health hazard.

Gas Safety           

Gas safety must be ensured if the property serves as a mixed commercial and residential property. It is also important to carry out assessments on gas safety before allowing new tenants to move in.

Proper gas safety is not just important for your tenants but also for your own peace of mind and the safety of your property. You should carry out a yearly gas check with a professional assessor.