Spotlight on Regulations for Residential Landlords - Fire Safety
- AuthorAndrew Morley
Landlords today face a bewildering array of regulations. Many are centred around tenant safety and might be thought matters of common sense or good practice, but any breach could lead variously to a fine, compensation claim, a Prohibition Notice requiring remedial works to be undertaken, render any Notice Seeking possession ineffective against the tenant or even find the landlord behind bars.
With this in mind this regular series aims to highlight the main responsibilities the landlord has to contend with.
Fire Safety - All upholstered items, including beds and sofas, must have fire resistant filling and have passed a match resistance test. Cover fabrics and filling materials must also have passed a cigarette resistance test. Most items should have a compliance code on them or proof they have been fire-safety tested. As a general rule items bought before 1988 may need to be replaced. The regulations apply to pillows, beds, sofas, armchairs and nursery furniture but not antique furniture or furniture made before 1950, duvets, curtains and carpets. The relevant law is The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 (amended 1989 and 1993).
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