Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Landlords Health & Safety

Smoke Alarms. Did you know all properties built after June 1992 in the UK must have a mains powered smoke detector fitted? There is no such legislation for older properties although for 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 where smoke alarms are not fitted. We therefore strongly recommend that you make sure at least 1 alarm is fitted on each floor, usually the hall way and landing!! Gas. All gas appliances and flues in rented accommodation must be checked for safety every 12 months by a competent engineer. Electrical. There are several regulation relating to electrical installations, equipment and appliance safety. Although with tenanted property there is currently no legal requirement, the only safe way to ensure safety and to avoid being accused of neglect it to arrange an inspection and certificate.

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