Safety Regulations

By law, the Landlord is responsible for the wellbeing of the Tenant, ensuring priority is given to their Health and Safety whilst renting their home. The property needs to be compliant with all Statutory Regulations

Furniture and Furnishings (Fire Safety) Regulations 1988/1989, 1993 and 2010

There are strict regulations in place regarding fire resistance of soft furnishings in rented properties including items stored in garages, attics and other storage areas. This is because some of the materials used in older furniture are a fire risk and can produce poisonous gases when burning.

All furniture and furnishings must carry a manufacturers label at the point of sale. This needs to be non-detachable.  The regulations include soft furnishings such as mattresses, bed-bases, pillows, cushions and covers. So please check the labels.

Gas Safety Regulations 1998 and Certificates

Under current gas safety regulations, it’s a Landlords responsibility to ensure all gas appliances, pipework, flues & meters are in a safe condition, and inspected yearly by a Gas Safe registered engineer. A Landlord Gas Safety Certificate is given on satisfactory completion.

For managed properties this will automatically be organised by The Letting Factory.

A copy of the certificate is to be provided by law to the tenant and a copy to be given to The Letting Factory before the tenant moves in.

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Fixed Electrical Checks

The Electrical Equipment (Safety Regulations) 1994, applies to all rented accommodation and to all electrical appliances and the installation.

A Periodic Electrical Installation check is needed regularly (normally every 5 years). The first one to be carried out before the start of any tenancy by a qualified electrician, and a ‘satisfactory’ certificate provided to the agent and tenant. Any works required should be completed before a tenant moves in.

A copy of the certificate is to be provided to The Letting Factory, who will give a copy to the tenant on the move in day.

Portable Appliance Testing

PAT testing is to be carried out yearly on all non-hardwired electrical appliances by a NICEIC Approved Contractor.

Smoke Alarms

New legislation came out on 1st October 2015, making it compulsory for a Landlord to fit a smoke alarm on every floor of their property.

Fireplaces

It is the responsibility of the Landlord that fireplaces are to be swept before the tenants move into the property and on a six-monthly basis by a HETAS Approved chimney sweep.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Carbon monoxide detectors need to be fitted within 150 meters of any solid fuel burning appliances for example open fires, and coal or wood burning stoves. We also recommend putting a detector close to the areas where the Tenants sleep.

Energy Performance Certificate

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is required by law to be carried out before the Tenant moves into a property. Once done, are in place for 10 years, and need to be a band E or above.  Properties achieving below an E band need to be improved before a Tenant can move in. From 1st April 2020 all rental properties must comply.

Should the same tenant be residing at the property after the 10 years has run out, another EPC does not need to be carried out until the property comes up for re-let.