THE FURNITURE & FURNISHINGS (FIRE) (SAFETY) REGULATIONS 1988 (as amended 1989 & 1993)
This requires that all upholstery and upholstered furnishings, loose fittings, and permanent or loose covers which are in the property meet the necessary standards of fire resistance requirements.
Also note: Fire Retardant Spray Treatment: Some firms are now offering to spray furniture with a fire-retardant spray to make it fire proof. The Department of Trade and Industry has stated that this is in many cases ineffective, as the spray serves to treat the covering fabric but not the foam filling.
The Regulations state that the above requirements do not apply to furniture manufactured before 1st January 1950.
This therefore exempts ''period'' or ''antique'' furniture except where such furniture has been re-upholstered since 1950.
The offence carries a punishment of six months imprisonment or a fine of £5000, or both.
THE GAS SAFETY (INSTALLATION AND USE) REGULATIONS 1998
The above regulations cover requirements for the safe installation and maintenance of gas appliances. The main provisions are as follows:
a. There is a duty on the Landlord to ensure that all gas appliances, flues and associated pipe work are maintained in a safe condition at all times.
b. A safety inspection on all gas appliances and flues must be carried out at least every 12 months by a GAS SAFE registered engineer.
c. A Gas Safety Certificate will be issued following the inspection, a copy of which must be given to the Tenant.
Prospect Residential require a copy of the valid Gas safety certificate prior to the commencement of a new tenancy.
Where Prospect Residential manages a property, unless otherwise specified by the Landlord we will undertake to carry out the Gas Safety Checks on an annual basis, and deduct the cost from rental received. However, Landlords should note that where we cannot gain access to a Property, or where the Tenants are restricting access, we cannot be held responsible for not obtaining the gas safety certificates.
THE ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT (SAFETY) REGULATIONS 1994
Electrical Checks, whilst not yet mandatory, are recommended in order to determine the safety of all electrical appliances in the property. A Certificate should be issued following the results of a check.
Landlords must ensure that all electrical equipment, appliances, plugs, sockets and wirings in the Property are safe, will not cause danger, and satisfy the above regulations. Instruction booklets or clear working instructions for all appliances should also be provided by the Landlord.
If we are not provided with the relevant safety certificates for electrical items, before the tenancy, we reserve the right to call in the relevant registered engineers to inspect the fittings, appliances and their installations, white goods and furniture, and to carry out any remedial works necessary; the cost of which together with a cumulative fee of £100 will be debited to the Landlord's account.
The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations
Private sector landlords are required from 1 October 2015 to have at least one smoke alarm installed on every storey of their properties and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance (e.g. a coal fire, wood burning stove). After that, the landlord must make sure the alarms are in working order at the start of each new tenancy.
The requirements will be enforced by local authorities who can impose a fine of up to £5,000 where a landlord fails to comply with a remedial notice.