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Legal Duty Of Care

Under common law, the Landlord must ensure that properties to let are safe and failure to comply with Safety Legislation is considered a criminal offence resulting in legal action and prosecution.

As your Managing Agent, we can carry out safety checks upon your request, deducting the cost from your rent.

Gas
The Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations 1994 (amended 1998)
The Landlord must maintain gas installations and all gas appliances through annual inspections and safety checks carried out by a CORGI registered engineer and a copy of the Current Inspection Certificate must be left at the property.

Electricity
The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 & Electricity at Works Regulations 1989
The Landlord must ensure that all mains voltage household electrical appliances and equipment is tested and safe to use. Any non-repairable items must be replaced and removed. An NICEIC or similarly qualified electrical engineer must carry out these tests on an annual basis and we would also recommend this is done upon change of Tenancy.
All operating instructions must be left in the property for the Tenant’s benefit.

Furniture and Furnishings
The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety)Regulations 1988 (amended 1989 & 1993)
Soft furnishings (such as mattresses, settees, bed bases, cushions and padded headboards) must meet fire resistance standards and bear a permanent label confirming this. If compliance cannot be proved, the item must be removed and replaced.

Smoke Detectors
(Building Regulation 1991)
Whilst only properties built after 1992 legally require the fitting of smoke detectors we would strongly recommend that smoke detectors are fitted to each floor of the property being let.

NB: The penalty for failure to comply with statutory safety legislation is currently a maximum of £5,000 and/or 6 months imprisonment for each offence. This can be harsher in the case of injury or fatality.

The above is only a guide to the legal safety requirements and should you have any further enquiries, we would recommend that you contact a qualified solicitor who will be able to verify these in full.