The following requirements are the responsibility of the property owner (Landlord). Where you have signed our full management agency agreement, they are also our responsibility and we will ensure compliance.
Health and Safety – Gas
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 Gas Safe-registered gas engineer.
We can arrange for this safety check to be carried out at a cost of £70inc.
There is a duty to ensure that all gas appliances, flues and associated pipe work are maintained in a safe condition at all times.
Full records must be kept for at least 2 years of the inspection of each appliance and flue, of any defects found and remedial action taken.
Copies to tenants
A copy of safety certificate issued by the engineer must be given to each new tenant before the tenancy commences, or to each existing tenant within 28 days of the inspection being carried out.
Health and Safety – Electrical
Under the electrical equipment (safety) regulations 1994, and certain other regulations, electrical appliances and equipment provided in tenanted premises must be safe.
It is therefore necessary to make a visual check to ensure all electrical items, plugs, plug sockets, light switches and leads are completely safe and undamaged. Any faulty or unsafe items must be removed and replaced.
Although there is no legal requirement to have electrical appliances PAT tested, this is expected to change in the future and we would recommend that all appliances are tested as a matter of course. We can arrange for PAT testing to be carried out at a cost of £60inc (for up to 5 appliances).
All properties built since June 1992 must have been fitted with mains powered smoke alarms from new.
Although there is no legislation requiring smoke alarms to be fitted in other older tenanted properties, it is generally considered under common law ‘Duty of Care’ that Landlords or their Agents could be liable should a fire cause injury or damage in a tenanted property where smoke alarms are not fitted.
Consumer Fire Protection
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, 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.
These regulations do not apply to antique furniture or furniture made before 1950, bed covers including duvets, loose covers for mattresses, pillowcases, curtains, carpets or sleeping bags.
Items which comply will have a suitable permanent label attached. Non-compliant items must be removed before a tenancy commences.