There are a number of safety regulations in place to help protect tenants while they rent a property. These include regulations that cover:
- The Building
Our website includes information about some of these regulations but for further information speak to a member of the lettings team at Xact in Solihull or for full details of current legislation visit www.communities.gov.uk
Safety Regulations & Responsibilities for Landlords
Gas and Electrical Safety Responsibilities for Landlords
The General Products (Safety) Regulations 1994 require that all goods must satisfy general safety provisions. The law requires that all electrical appliances are safe and strongly recommends that they are tested.
In 1995 there were 27 deaths from electrocution within the home and 39 in the workplace; 23,756 people suffered electric shocks and an alarming 7,500 fires were caused by faulty electrical appliances and leads.
The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 and The Plugs & Sockets etc. (Safety) Regulations 1994 state that when an unsafe appliance is found in rented accommodation, Trading Standards check that the landlord or agent has taken all reasonable precautions to avoid supplying an unsafe item. In the event of an incident in a property involving electricity the landlord must be able to demonstrate that his supply and appliances are safe, he can only do this if it is tested professionally. Duty of care demands that this is done on a regular basis, particularly at the point at which the property first becomes available to let.
The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1994 state that all let and managed property MUST be annually tested for safety. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in a substantial fine or even, in the worst cases, imprisonment. Only GAS SAFE registered businesses using ACOP qualified engineers can carry out work on gas appliances and piping. All landlords have a DUTY OF CARE to ensure their tenant’s safety. To this end battery operated smoke alarms are advisable. Once a landlord has supplied an alarm the tenant becomes responsible for the battery. Xact uses only full qualified contractors to carry out both gas and electrical safety tests. These firms not only carry the right qualifications but have Quality Assured standards and Professional Indemnity Insurance. Our Contractors’ Safety Inspectors are all qualified to the latest industry-recognised gas and electrical standards. As legislation increases and qualifications evolve, these engineers keep pace because training is on-going. Safety Inspectors regularly attend manufacturer courses to enhance their knowledge of – for example – specific boilers, old and new.
Fire and Furnishings Regulations for Landlords
Since 1 January 1997, all furniture provided in furnished rented accommodation – houses, flats and bedsits – must meet the fire resistance requirements of the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations, 1988.
What products do the Regulations cover?
Any of the following items which contain upholstery:
beds, mattresses and headboards
sofa beds, futons and other convertibles
scatter cushions, seat pads and pillows
garden furniture intended for use in a dwelling
loose and stretch covers for furniture
The regulations do not apply to:
sleeping bags or loose covers for mattresses
bed clothes (including duvets) and pillow cases
Carpets and curtains, all furniture and loose and stretch covers must carry a permanent label attached showing the item complies with the Regulations
If you require advice or further information about whether furniture complies with the Regulations, you should consult Xact Lettings. The responsibility for compliance with the Regulations rests with the person letting the accommodation – this can be estate agents, letting agents, landlords or property managers.