Some of the most important landlord services to remember include checking gas and electricity, as well as ensuring properties follow fire safety regulations.

These two landlord responsibilities were highlighted in a new list from financial services group Paragon Mortgages.

In a statement, the company reminded private landlords that they are legally required to check gas systems in their homes on an annual basis, and confirmed with a gas safety certificate.

Gas Safe Register is the new body that sets the standard for gas safety in the UK, having taken over from the Corgi scheme at the start of April.

Paragon Mortgages also warned that all electrical items and fittings in a landlord's property "should be checked regularly"because the owner "could be liable if a tenant is harmed by an electrical item provided".

On the subject of fire safety, landlords should be aware that their tenants need to have "adequate means of escape and a mains-operated inter-connected smoke alarm [fitted on every floor]". This is relevant to all homes built after June 1992.

Written by Claire Doyle

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