Lettings & Housing
The Responsibilities of a Landlord
Any pre-supplied furniture and furnishings must be fire safe.
Smoke & Gas Alarms
Installing smoke alarms on every storey of a building and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room that contains solid fuel-burning appliances, such as wood burners and fireplaces.
Fire Alarms & Extinguishers
All properties in multiple occupation must contain fire alarms and appropriate extinguishers.
The responsibilities laid out for landlords for rented properties are outlined in various crucial legislations, such as:
The Housing Act 2004, including the Housing Health & Safety Rating System (HHSRS).
The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015.
Furniture and Furnishings (Fire Safety) Regulations 1988/1989, 1993 and 2010.
Building Regulations: The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (2005).
These laws are in place to ensure that a landlord is doing everything that can be reasonably expected of them to prevent fires and protect the building, the possessions inside and, most importantly, the lives of the tenants therein.
Some of the specific actions that any landlord or a responsible person needs to undertake in let properties are:
Ensuring that all escape routes remain clear and communicating with tenants that this is also part of their responsibility.
Ensuring that potentially hazardous items and appliances are stored and maintained correctly, for example, tumble dryers must be stored in a well-ventilated area.
Ensure that all appliances, both those which you have supplied and those which are brought in by the tenant, are subject to annual portable appliance tests.
Ensure that all electrical appliances feature a British or European safety marker.
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