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Important Safety Requirements
The following requirements are the responsibility of the owner (Landlord). Where you have signed
our Full Management Agency Agreement, they are also our responsibility. Therefore where we are
managing we will need to ensure compliance.
Health and Safety - Gas
ANNUAL SAFETY CHECK
Under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 all gas appliances and flues in
rented accommodation must be checked for safety within 12 months of being installed, and thereafter
at least every 12 months by a competent engineer (i.e. a CORGI registered gas installer).
There is a duty to ensure that all gas appliances, flues and associated pipework are maintained
in a safe condition at all times.
Full records must be kept for at least 2 years of the inspections of each appliance and flue,
of any defects found and of any remedial action taken
COPIES TO TENANTS
A copy of the safety certificate issued by the engineer must be given to each new tenant before
their tenancy commences, or to each existing tenant within 28 days of the check being carried
Health and Safety - Electrical
Under the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994, and certain other regulations, electrical
appliances and equipment provided in tenanted premises must be safe. It is therefore necessary
to make a visual check to ensure that all electrical items, plugs and leads appear completely
safe and undamaged, and remove or replace any faulty items.
Consumer Protection - Fire
The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 (amended 1989 & 1993) provide that
specified items supplied in the course of letting property must meet minimum fire resistance standards.
The regulations apply to all upholstered furniture, beds, headboards and mattresses, sofa-beds,
futons and other convertibles, nursery furniture, garden furniture suitable for use in a dwelling,
scatter cushions, pillows and non-original covers for furniture. They do not apply to antique
furniture or furniture made before 1950, bedcovers including duvets, loose covers for mattresses,
pillowcases, curtains, carpets or sleeping bags.
Items which comply will have a suitable permanent label attached. Non-compliant items must be removed
before a tenancy commences.
All properties built since June 1992 must have been fitted with mains powered smoke detector alarms
from new. Although there is no legislation requiring smoke alarms to be fitted in other ordinary
tenanted properties, it is generally considered that the common law 'duty of care' means that
Landlords and their Agents could be liable should a fire cause injury or damage in a tenanted
property where smoke alarms are not fitted. We therefore strongly recommend that the Landlord
fit at least one alarm on each floor (in the hall and landing areas.
We hope that the general points covered in this guide will be of some assistance to you. If
there are any aspects of which you are unsure, please telephone our office. Alternatively
we can visit you at your home to discuss your individual requirements, at your convenience.
Thankyou for contacting Platinum Residential we will reply shortly.
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