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Safety Regulations

Legislation requires that safety checks be made before the property can be let. We will help where possible to advise or suggest a qualified contractor assist you from our approved contractors list.

Knights intend to provide this information here as a guidance only. For full details Landlords should refer to the full regulations. This information could date as regulations are updated. It is not an authoritative interpretation – which would be a matter for the courts. Knights can provide their landlords with a full copy of the relevant and up to date regulations, upon request.

 

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The Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations 1998

This Act required the Landlord of rented property to have any gas appliance and their associated pipe work tested on an annual basis. It is, therefore, essential that this is done before the Tenant take occupation and subsequently every year thereafter, even if the same tenant is within the property. If the property does not at present conform, we can arrange for whatever work is necessary to be carried out for you, at your cost. It is very important that you note that the tenant is to be given a copy of the current Safety Certificate before they occupy the premises and a further copy is to be kept on file at Knights Lettings. It is the Landlords legal responsibility throughout all tenancies that this is kept up to date.

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The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 and Low Voltage Electrical Equipment Regulations 1989 (Consumer Protection Act 1987)

Landlords must ensure that ALL electrical equipment, appliances and electric supply is safe. Instruction booklets or clear instructions must be provided for these also. Plugs and sockets that are newly installed must conform to the appropriate British Standard or approved alternatives. Plug and Sockets regulations are not retrospective but any relevant equipment in a new tenancy after the start of the new regulations must comply.

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The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 (amended 1989 & 1993) (Consumer Protection Act 1987)

Landlords are to ensure that all upholstered furniture complies with these regulations.Generally, these cover the need for fire-resistant filling material to upholstered articles and the passing of a match resistant and cigarette-resistant test.

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The General Product Safety Regulations 1994

These regulations mean the Landlords are required to consider general safety of the Tenants in their property. For example, the Landlord should supply instruction manuals for all items used in the property together with information sheet/s covering any issues about potential danger points in the property eg. Sharp objects/hot surfaces etc.

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Legionella Risk Assessment

There is not the option to “opt out” – It is law that a risk assessment must be done for any rented property. Failure to follow the legislation and have a “professional” risk assessment carried out can be seen as failure to follow the above legislation. The penalty is a fine of £5000 and a possible 6 months prison sentence with a criminal record.

The legislation states that Landlords are now required to carry out risk assessments for legionnaire’s disease, and if necessary, take action. The risk assessment does not require you to test the water for presence of bacteria but is more of a visual assessment of whether there is a risk of bacteria breeding in the water systems. Things that need assessing include, cold water storage tanks and their lids, shower heads, the temperature of the hot and cold water, deadlegs present on any appliances, the boiler set to a high enough temperature to keep bacteria from breeding, debris in the system, thermostatic mixing valves and more should all be inspected. To comply with the law, landlords and agents need to be aware that legionella bacteria can multiply in hot or cold water systems and storage tanks, and be spread via showers and taps. Risk assessments must identify and assess potential sources of exposure, and steps taken to prevent or control any risk that is identified. If you are doing these risk assessments yourself, or arranging this yourself, we will need a report to keep on file – much like the gas safety certificate.

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The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015

From October 2015, Landlords or their letting agents are required to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties.

Smoke alarms – For properties constructed before June 1992, when relevant building regulations changed, there is a requirement for working, battery operated smoke alarms on every habitable
floor. For properties built after 1992 and three storey properties there is a requirement for working mains, hard wired smoke detectors on every habitable floor. Recommended places are hallways and landings. Fines for landlords for non compliance are: £5000 plus a possible 6 month imprisonment with a criminal offence.

Carbon monoxide alarms – There must be a working carbon monoxide alarm by a boiler in a high risk room (eg bedroom) or by any solid fuel burning appliance. Fines for landlords for non compliance: £5000 plus a possible 6 month imprisonment with a criminal offence. Checks must be made by the Landlord or their representative to ensure that each alarm is in full working order on the day that a new tenancy begins if it is a new tenancy.

Of course, we’re always on hand if you need anything throughout your the whole letting process, simply contact our Property Management team on 01276 539111 or simply Request a Call Back from us.

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