Legal and Safety requirements in Rented properties
It is very important for the Landlord or agent to have a good overview of the regulations governing the safety aspect of renting out a property. We have complied a list here.
Gas Safety (Installations and use) Regulations 1998
The owner of any gas installation, pipe work or gas appliance must ensure that they are in a safe condition. A safety check must be carried out on gas appliances and a copy of the record must be handedover to the tenant at the start of the tenancy. The inspection must be carried out by a professionally accredited engineer and must be completed on a nnual basis.
Electrical equipment (safety) Regulations 1994
Electrical equipment, Including fixed and portable apppliances, must be ensured safe by the person supplying it and not cause any danger.
Regulatory Reform order (fire safety) 2005
This requires the `person responsible` who would usually be the landlord, to perform a fire risk assesment. Conclusive to this, they are required to implement appropriate fire safety measures to minimise the risk to life from fire. This assessment should also be kept up to date.
The Furniture and Furnishings (fire) (safety) (amendment) Regulations 1993
The regulations apply to any upholstered furniture eg. Sofa`s and armchairs, Mattresses, Pillows, Cushions etc. The regulations do not apply to any upholstered furniture manufactured before 1950. All compliant furniture should carry a permanent label stating that the item complies with the legislation. In general, furniture manufactured after 1988 complies with the regulations.
Smoke detector`s Act 1991
Properties built after 1992 must have a mains interlinked smoke detectors on each floor. There are also requirements for smoke alarms in Houses of Multiple occupation (HMO). It is always better to check with your local council if you are not sure if you rented property will be classified as such
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