Legionella Risk Assessment
A risk assessment must be carried out on all property that is let and it must be regularly reviewed. It must be compiled by a ‘competent person’ with the necessary specialist knowledge and action taken where recommended to ensure compliance with the legislation.
All upholstered furniture must meet current regulatory requirements. These detail how quickly an item will ignite in the event of a fire.
Any furniture purchased or reupholstered after 1990 will comply with current legislation and will have a permanent label attached to it stating ‘Carelessness causes fire’.
Smoke and Heat Safety Provisions
Smoke detectors must be installed in any property made available for rent. Generally there must be one per floor, one per room that is frequently used by the occupant for general daytime living purposes, one for each circulation space ie halls and landings, one heat alarm in the kitchen and they should all be interlinked. However additional provision may be required in larger properties and it should be noted that mains wired smoke detectors may require Building Warrant.
In addition a fire blanket should be installed in the kitchen area.
Further information will be provided where necessary once we have inspected your property.
The Repairing Standard 2006
Rented property must meet the repairing standard. A house meets this standard if:
- the house is wind and watertight and in all other respects fit for human occupation.
- the structure and exterior of the house (including drains, gutters, and external pipes) are in a reasonable state of repair and in proper working order.
- the installations in the house for the supply of water, gas and electricity and for sanitation, space heating and heating water are in a reasonable state of repair and in proper working order.
- any fixtures, fittings and appliances provided by the landlord under the tenancy are in a reasonable state of repair and in proper working order.
- any furnishings provided by the landlord under the tenancy are capable of being used safely for the purpose for which they are designed.
- the house has satisfactory provision for detecting fires and for giving warning in the event of fire or suspected fire.
HMO’s Houses in Multiple Occupation
Further information available on request.