The following requirements are the responsibility of the owner (Landlord). Where you have signed our Full Management Agency Agreement, they are also our responsibility. Therefore where we are managing your property we will need to ensure compliance.

Health and Safety - Gas Annual safety check

Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 provide that 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 GAS SAFE registered gas engineer.

The maximum penalty for non-compliance with the regulations is a fine of £5,000.

  

Health and Safety - Electrical

Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 and The Plugs and Sockets (Safety) Regulations 1994 provide that electrical appliances, consumer units, electrical plugs, sockets and appliances provided in tenanted premises must be safe. A visual safety check and assessment is carried out by our inventory clerk when preparing the inventory and schedule of condition and recommendations may be made during this check to ensure compliance with the above regulations.

Labelling: All electrical equipment that is manufactured after the 1st January 1997 must be marked with the appropriate CE symbol.

Instructions: It is recommended that the manufacturer's instructions be provided wherever possible for each appliance that is supplied. This will help to ensure that the tenant uses the equipment safely.

However, we strongly recommend that where a property is more than five years old that a Fixed Wiring Test and Portable Appliance test is carried out prior to letting the property by a suitably qualified electrician.

The maximum penalty for non-compliance with the regulations is a fine of £5,000 and/or six months imprisonment.

Consumer Protection - Fire

The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire Safety) Regulations 1988 (amended 1989 & 1993) provide that specified items supplied in the course of letting property must meet minimum fire resistance standards.

The regulations apply to all upholstered furniture, beds, headboards and mattresses, sofa-beds, futons and other convertibles, nursery furniture, garden furniture suitable for use in a dwelling, scatter cushions, pillows and non-original covers for furniture.

However, the regulations do not apply to bedcovers including duvets, loose covers for mattresses, pillow cases, curtains, carpets, sleeping bags or to antique furniture (furniture made before 1950).

Items of furniture or furnishing purchased since 1st March 1990 will automatically comply with regulations providing they have a suitable permanent label attached or the receipt is kept.

All Non-compliant items must be removed before a tenancy commences.

Smoke Alarms

All properties built since June 1992 must have been fitted with mains powered smoke detection alarms.

Although there is no legislation requiring smoke alarms to be fitted in other ordinary tenanted properties, it is generally considered the common law 'Duty of Care' means that Landlords and their Agents could be liable should a fire cause injury or damage in a tenanted property where smoke alarms are not fitted.

We therefore strongly recommend that the Landlord fits at least one smoke detector alarm in the hall and landing areas of each floor of the property.