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Safety Regulations

The following safety requirements are the responsibility of the landlord, and where we are to manage the property, they are also ours. Therefore to protect all interests we ensure properties are fully compliant with the appropriate regulations, at the owner's expense.

Gas appliances and equipment

Annual safety check: Under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 all gas appliances and flues in rented accommodation must be checked for safety within 12 months of being installed, and thereafter at least every 12 months by a competent engineer (e.g. a GAS SAFE registered gas installer). We are able to organise this for our Landlords and do so on an annual basis.

Electrical appliances and equipment

There are several regulations relating to electrical installations, equipment and appliance safety, and these affect landlords and their agents in that they are 'supplying in the course of business'. They include the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994, the Plugs and Sockets Regulations 1994, the 2005 Building Regulation - 'Part P, and British Standard BS1363 relating to plugs and sockets. Although with tenanted property there is currently no specific legal requirement for a qualified electrician to carry out an inspection and issue a safety certificate (as exists in the case of gas appliances), it is now widely accepted that the only safe way to ensure safety, and to avoid the risk of being accused of neglecting your 'duty of care', or even of manslaughter is to arrange such an inspection and certificate.

Safety Regulations for Property to Rent
Safety Regulations for Property to Rent

Furniture and furnishings

The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 (amended 1989, 1993 & 1996) provide that specified items supplied in the course of letting property must meet minimum fire resistant standards. We will check these items and advise accordingly if the property is to be furnished. Any items that are non-compliant have to be removed from the premises. A compliance label is usually attached to the item and will be listed as present on the Inventory. Items purchased since 1.3.90 from a reputable supplier are also likely to comply.

General product safety

The General Product Safety Regulations 1994 specify that any product supplied in the course of a commercial activity must be safe. In the case of letting, this includes both the structure of the building and its contents. Recommended action is to check for obvious danger signs - leaning walls, broken glass, sharp edges, etc. It is also a requirement to leave operating manuals or other written for all appliances.

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