Important Safety Regulations
The following safety requirements are the responsibility of the owner / Landlord. If PLM are managing the property then we are jointly responsible and therefore we will have to maintain the property in accordance with the safety regulations at your expense.
- Gas appliance and equipment
Under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use ) Regulations 1998 all gas appliance in tenanted premises must be checked for safety every 12 months by a gas fitter/engineer who is registered on the Gas Safe Register (which has replaced Corgi) and a Safety Certificate issued. Records must be kept of dates of inspections and any defects identified and remedial action taken. A copy of the safety certificate is to be given to the tenant at the outset of the tenancy and on renewal of the certificate.
- Electrical appliances and equipment
Under the Electrical Safety Regulations 1994 the Plugs and Sockets Regulations 1994 and certain other regulations electrical installations and equipment in tenanted property must be safe. Although it is not a legal requirement to have a Safety Certificate as with gas installations PLM strongly recommend that a qualified electrician provides a written statement of safety before letting commences and that the installation is checked every 5 years. All electrical fittings supplied must be safe and maintained in a workable condition.
- Furniture and Furnishings
The Furniture and Furnishings Fire Safety Regulations 1988 (amended 1989, 1993 and 1996) state that all furniture and soft furnishings and beds must meet minimum fire resistant standards. They do not apply to antique furniture or furniture made before 1950, bedclothes including duvets, loose covers for mattresses pillowcase, curtains, carpets and sleeping bags. Relevant items purchased since 1990 will have fire resistant labelling.
- General Product Safety
The general product safety regulations 1994 specify that any products supplied in the course of a commercial activity must be safe. In other words the Landlord has a duty of care to ensure that the building and fittings are in a good safe condition and that instruction is available for the tenant to safely use potentially dangerous equipment.
- Fire Alarm Systems and Fire Precautions
Where the fire alarm systems are provided in a house in multiple occupation or possible a property converted into flats it is the responsibility of the Landlord to ensure that the fire alarms are checked regularly and that the means of escape from a property remain unobstructed at all times. In addition, 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 tenanted properties (except HMO's) it is generally accepted that Landlords and their agents offer a duty of care. PLM recommend that tenanted property be fitted with at least one alarm on each floor.
- Energy Performance Certificates (EPC)
Under current legislation, all properties being made available to rent will require an Energy Performance Certificate - a copy of which must be given to the tenants. Once an EPC has been finalised it is then valid for 10 years. However should circumstances within a property change i.e. the fitting of double-glazing then an updated EPC can be obtained if so required.