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Your Landlord Guide: Safety Regulations

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Your Landlord Guide: Safety Regulations

For any Landlord, the safety of tenants is a primary concern. With the vast array of advice and guidance available on the internet, ensuring a property meets safety regulations and provides a safe space for your tenants can prove a daunting and complicated task. At Etimon, our staff apply these safety regulations on a day to day basis and are able to provide expert knowledge and services to keep your property a safe place to live or work. Our Etimon experts are eager to share their safety knowledge with you:

Carbon Monoxide

Mains powered carbon monoxide (CO) detectors must be fitted in any space which contains a carbon-based fuel appliance (excluding cooking appliances) e.g. a gas/oil boiler, gas/oil fire, wood burning stove or open coal fire. There should also be one in any bedroom or living room which is bypassed by a flue.

Furniture and Furnishings

To minimise the risk of fire, the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 set out requirements for all soft furnishings. It’s illegal to provide furnishings that don’t comply. Each item of furniture or furnishings must have a label attached to it stating compliance with the regulations.

Electrical Safety

Fixed wiring (Electrical Installation Condition Report or EICR) checks must be carried out at least every five years. Anything that is movable and fitted with a plug should be on the PAT report. Everything in the property which uses the electrical supply must be on either EICR or PAT, unless it belongs to the tenant.

Gas Safety

If your property has a gas supply, you will need to have a Gas Engineer carry out a safety check on all gas installation and appliances annually. This includes the gas meter, boilers, heated water tanks, fires and cookers. You must supply the tenant with a copy of the Gas Safety Certificate (GSC) which is issued by the engineer.

 

Furniture and Furnishings

To minimise the risk of fire, the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 set out requirements for all soft furnishings. It’s illegal to provide furnishings that don’t comply. Each item of furniture or furnishings must have a label attached to it stating compliance with the regulations.

 

Legionnaires’ Disease

Landlords have a legal duty to ensure that the risk of exposure of tenants to Legionnaires’ Disease is properly assessed and controlled. A risk assessment should be carried out and regularly reviewed and control measures should be implemented.

Fire Safety

Mains powered smoke detectors must be installed in the living room and all circulation areas/hallways and a mains powered heat detector in the kitchen. All alarms should be interlinked. It is best practice to provide a fire blanket and/or extinguisher in the kitchen and these should be maintained and serviced regularly.

 

Please note: These guidelines apply to any property that is not a HMO (House in Multiple Occupation)

 

At Etimon, our property experts take the stress out of letting a property, guiding you through the whole process from safety regulations right through until your tenant vacates. Get in touch today to see how Etimon could transform your rental service.




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