A Landlords Guide to Health & Safety

In order to let your property, there are a number of health and safety guidelines you must follow to protect you legally and to ensure the safety of the tenants who are residing within the property.

Gas Safety

Landlords Safety Certificate

The main risk of not servicing or maintaining gas equipment is a serious gas explosion or carbon monoxide poisoning. Landlords are required by law to service all gas related equipment at least every 12 months. Landlords must also keep a record of regular checks and the condition of equipment at all time.  You must also provide tenants with an annual gas safety certificate.  If you do not provide your tenant with a gas safety certificate you are breaking the law.

Landlords are also responsible for providing tenants with instructions for the safe use of gas appliances and equipment.

The only businesses legally allowed to service gas appliances and equipment are those registered by GASSAFE.  You should ask to see a contractor’s registration certificate before allowing them to conduct any work on the property.  Check the GASSAFE website to make sure all contractors you use are registered.

Electrical Safety

National Inspection Council For Electrical Inspection Contractors

The electrical wiring in your property must be safe and in good working order throughout.  You must also make sure you have enough sockets to meet the needs of the tenants. Contact an electrician approved by the NICEIC (National Inspection Council For Electrical Inspection Contractors).

If you are planning on providing electrical equipment to your tenants, you should ensure that all items are regularly tested for safety and labelled accordingly.  Get an electrician to make the necessary checks before each let and then periodically after that. Keep all electrical testing reports for your records.

It may seem like a lot of work, but with time, energy and a bit of money spent now, it could really make the difference to how quickly you sell your property and how much you get for it.  Speculate to accumulate and ask Turtle Homes for advice on anything you're not sure about.

Furniture and Furnishings

Fire and Furnishing Label

Regulations regarding fire-resistant furniture are strict for rental accommodation and you must make sure all relevant items meet the guidelines set under the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Amendment Regulations 1993.  It is advised that, as a general guide, furniture made before 1988 is unlikely to meet the necessary standards and should be replaced before letting your property.  Any items that contain upholstery, and could be used inside the property, should be checked, including:

If you are planning on providing electrical equipment to your tenants, you should ensure that all items are regularly tested for safety and labelled accordingly. Get an electrician to make the necessary checks before each let and then periodically after that. Keep all electrical testing reports for your records.

It may seem like a lot of work, but with time, energy and a bit of money spent now, it could really make the difference to how quickly you sell your property and how much you get for it. Speculate to accumulate and ask uss for advice on anything you're not sure about.

  • Beds, headboards, mattresses, futons and sofa beds,
  • Children’s or nursery furniture,
  • Garden furniture that might be used within the property,
  • Cushions, pillows etc.

Items that are exempt from this legislation include:

  • Sleeping bags, duvets, pillow cases and blankets,
  • Carpets and Curtains,
  • Furniture made before 1950.

In order to check items for the fire safety standards, look for a permanent label stating the regulation it conforms to. Bed bases and mattresses are not required to have this label attached but they should have a label stating compliance with ignitability tests.  Look for the compliance code BS 7177 on these items for confirmation.

If you are in any doubt that certain items may not meet the required standard, replace them.  There are substantial fines and even prison sentences imposed should an accident occur.

If you have any questions about any of these Lettings health and safety requirement please feel to contact us.