Important safety regulations
The following safety requirements are the responsibility of the owner (the landlord), and where we are
to manage the property, they are also ours as agents. Therefore to protect all interests we ensure full
compliance with the appropriate regulations, at the owner's expense.
Gas Appliances & Equipment
Under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1994 (amended 1996) and some other
regulations, all gas appliances in tenanted premises must be checked for safety at intervals of not more
than 12 months, by a CORGI registered gas engineer, and a safety certificate issued. Records must be
kept of the dates of inspections, of defects identified, and of any remedial action taken.
Electrical Appliances & Equipment
Under the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994, the Plugs & Sockets etc. (Safety)
Regulations 1994 and some other regulations, electrical installations and equipment in tenanted premises
must be safe. Although (unlike gas) no safety certificate is legally required, and therefore it may be
adequate to perform a visual check of electrical equipment, fittings and leads, it is recommended that a
qualified electrician be engaged for this purpose.
Furniture & 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. The regulations apply to all upholstered furniture, and 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. They do not apply to
antique furniture or furniture made before 1950, bed clothes including duvets, loose covers for
mattresses, pillowcases, curtains, carpets or sleeping bags. Therefore all relevant items as above must
be checked for compliance, and non-compliant items removed from the premises. In practice, most
(but not all) items which comply must have a suitable permanent label attached. 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 would include 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., and also to leave operating manuals or other written instructions
about high risk items, such as hot surfaces, electric lawnmowers, etc. for the tenant.
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may change at any time without notice. Details of properties are provided from information received, and their accuracy cannot be guaranteed.
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