Do you know your responsibilities with regards to safety?
Possibly not be the sexiest part of being a landlord but it’s so important that you get these things right so you don’t end up in hot water. If you are unsure about any of this then just give us a call, we’ll happily take the time to talk you through it all and can arrange for most of the work to be done to keep you covered.
Gas Safety Check
All Gas appliances must be certified as safe on an annual basis by a gas safe engineer. This includes boilers, gas cookers/hobs, open fires & flues. The Gas Safety Certificate must be given to tenants within 28 days of the check being completed or to new tenants when they move in.
Landlords are required by law to make sure that the electrical installation in their rental property/properties is safe when tenants move in and maintained throughout their tenancy. Although it’s not mandatory we highly recommend you have a periodic inspection performed by an NICEIC approved electrician. This will highlight any potential hazards that you would be liable for as a landlord and give you the opportunity to rectify them.
All portable electrical appliances provided by the landlord must be PAT tested.
Fire and Furnishing Regulations
The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 (as amended in 1989 and 1993) sets minimum fire resistance standards for domestic upholstered furniture, furnishings and other products containing upholstery that remain in a dwelling during the course of a tenancy.
These include any of the following which contain upholstery:
Furniture intended for private use in a dwelling, including children’s furniture, beds, head-boards of beds, mattresses (of any size), sofa-beds, futons and other convertibles, nursery furniture, garden furniture suitable for use in a dwelling, scatter cushions, pillows, seat pads and loose and stretch covers for furniture
The Regulations do not apply to:
- Furniture made before 1950
- Sleeping bags
- Bed-clothes (including duvets)
- Loose covers for mattresses
For items that do apply, a suitable label must be attached to the furniture in a prominent position so that the label will be clearly visible to a potential purchaser of the furniture and the wording on both sides can be read with reasonable ease.
It is now mandatory for landlords to carry out a risk assessments for the Legionella bacteria in rental properties which cause Legionnaires’ Disease. Following the risk assessment you must maintain control measures to minimise the risk. Most rental properties will be low risk but nevertheless an assessment needs to be carried out by a competent individual.
Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Alarms
Landlords are required by law to have working smoke alarms on every floor of their rental property and a CO2 detector where carbon based fuel is installed (Gas, Coal, Wood).
At Caley and Co we are happy to help with any of the above. We have approved contractors with full public liability insurance who are reliable and reasonable and can make sure your property is SAFE for tenants reducing your potential liability as a landlord.