The law requires all furnished accommodation to comply with the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire & Safety) Regulations 1988.
From 1st March 1993, furniture whether new or second hand which is additional to or in replacement of existing furniture in accommodation let prior to this date must comply with all fire resistance requirements.
Additional information and advice can be obtained at www.berr.gov.uk/consumers/fact-sheets
Electricity at Work Act 1989 in Holiday Accommodation
All electrical systems in the property must be maintained so far as is reasonably practicable to avoid danger to all who use the premises.
Further information can be obtained from www.hse.gov.uk
All gas appliances should be safe and conform to the relevant safety standards. The gas safety (installation and use) regulations 1994, requires the annual testing of gas appliances in let accommodation. Please contact the Health and Safety Executive or a member of our team for further details.
Oil Central Heating
If your property has oil central heating we recommend that you have your boiler checked annually and a rcord kept on the servicing history.
Carbon Monoxide Detector
There is a legal requirement to install a carbon monoxide detector and is considered best practise for properties which have a gas supply.
Portable Appliance Testing
Although not mandatory, we strongly recommend owners have all electrical appliances that carry a plug and fuse, checked by a qualified electrician on a regular basis. We would be happy to arrange this for you.
Properties must comply with The Fire Safety Order (2005). Guidance is available from www.communities.gov.uk/fire. It is a mandatory requirement to carry out a fire risk assessment of your letting property.
The Disability Discrimination Act requires there to be a written Access Statement concerning your premises. Things to consider:
- Approach to your property
- Steps up to and within
- Door widths and head heights
- Any special features you may have
If you have any questions or queries regarding preparing your property for rental please contact us and we will be happy to guide you through the process.
The legionella risk assessment is a recommendation for property owners and is something, you can easily do yourself. There are templates online you can use (for example, you can join the Residential Landlords Associations as a guest member and download a risk assessment template for free) to find any potential danger areas where Legionella can breed.