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Landlord Regulations

The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1993

All rented property let since 1st March, 1993 must comply with the above regulations. Any existing letting (i.e. that has not been first let since 1st March, 1993) must comply before 1st January, 1997. However, new furniture introduced even to an ‘existing letting’ must comply immediately. Items that do not comply must be removed from the let property before 1st January, 1997. The regulations cover those soft furnishings with foam filling such as chairs, sofas, beds, cushions and other upholstered items such as loose covers. Items manufactured between 1950 and 1985 are particularly vulnerable. Check for safety labels on furnishings obtained within the last ten years. If you are not certain that an item complies with the above regulations please remove it from your let property. For more information about these regulations please contact the appropriate authority. Also, we can send you a copy of the comprehensive DTI guide to Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1993.

The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1994

The above regulations cover all gas appliances, pipework, installations and all types of gas (i.e. mains, propane or calor). As a Landlord you are responsible for ensuring that all necessary safety checks are carried out every twelve months by an approved person who is CORGI registered. A record should be kept of all inspections and the results of the inspections and should be made available for viewing by Tenant or Agent. For more information about these regulations please contact the appropriate authority

Electricity and Electrical Goods

All electrical goods (along with other consumer goods) are covered by The Consumer Protection Act 1987 and must comply with safety regulations. Landlords must ensure that all electrical appliances and electrical supplies are ‘safe’ for use. As a general rule, goods bought since 1st June, 1989 should meet British Standards and, though no specific guidelines exist at the moment, it is widely recommended that regular inspections are made on all electrical goods.

Smoke Detectors

It is highly recommended by Fire and Safety Officers that smoke detectors be installed in all homes. Certainly, all homes built after June 1992 must comply with the rules incorporated in the Building Regulations 1991 that require the installation of interlinking, mains-operated smoke detectors on each floor.

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