Safety regulations are changing all the time and are sometimes a matter of interpretation by the courts. The following is our understanding of the present 'rules'. The local Trading Standards office might be able to give you additional advice over and above what is published here.
Gas Safety Regulations state that all gas appliances (including central heating boilers, gas fires, cookers, gas heaters etc) must be checked for safety at least once every twelve months by a GAS SAFE registered engineer. A record of the check must be made and it has to contain certain information. The tenant must be handed a copy of the record.
If you have just bought a new-build property, then the tenant must still receive a copy of the gas safety record. Please be aware that many developers and builders have all appliances checked but do not typically issue a record as a matter of course. This usually means that a separate inspection will need to be carried out by a GAS SAFE registered engineer.
At present, the Electrical Regulations are less precise and we expect legislation on electrical installations will inevitably follow in the future. The best advice rent:cheltenham can give is that if you have any concerns regarding your electrical installations or you have not had it recently checked then an inspection would be sensible. Please bear in mind that if you do have an inspection carried out and problems are noted, then they will have to be rectified prior to the commencement of a Tenancy.
The Furniture and Furnishings Regulations of 1993 state that all upholstered furniture supplied in let property must comply. This means that if your furniture is pre 1988 and post 1950, it probably will not be compliant and must be removed.
Under both your ‘duty of care’ obligation and regulations that cover plugs and fuses, any electrical appliances that have a plug should be portable appliance tested (PAT tested).
It is good practice to install carbon monoxide detectors in let properties.
Properties built since 1992 must be fitted with mains interlinking smoke detectors on each floor.
rent:cheltenham insist that all let properties are fitted with smoke detectors. Battery operated smoke detectors are fine and there should be one on each floor.
We are able to arrange any safety inspection that is required on your behalf using one of our ‘tried and trusted’ contractors.
We can often arrange such inspections and any remedial works required at preferential rates for you.
rent:cheltenham do not take any additional charges over the cost of the invoice.
If you require any further advice on the above, or would like to be kept informed of any forthcoming changes in legislation, then please do not hesitate to contact us either by telephone on (01242) 520540, email or our online contact form.