FAQs: Avoiding Problems

Avoiding problems includes information about regulations for Landlords, Safe in the Home and articles linked to the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDA) who are the adjudicators for complaints and disputes between tenant and landlord.

BTL: Furniture & Fire Regulations

As you know gas and electrical appliances must be maintained and kept safe for your tenants; but were you aware of the regulations that govern the types of furniture and furnishings that you are allowed to supply in a rented property. Furnishings supplied in a property that is rented out must be fire resistant and […]

The problem with autumn leaves

I arrived to carry out a check-out inventory in the pouring rain to hear what sounded like a waterfall.  Feeling quite alarmed I discovered water gushing from the gutter at the back of the property. It was clear to me that the gutters were blocked and from what I could see this problem was not […]

Safety in the home: Non compliance penalties

What are the consequences for not providing Smoke and Carbon Dioxide detectors and Alarm Systems? The alarm and detector systems are very important to tenant safety. CO is a lethal gas that has no smell, colour or taste. Without an appropriate detector, it can cause neurological damage and even death to exposed residents. People are […]

Fire Alarms, Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

FIRE ALARMS, SMOKE AND CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS By law, a landlord must place a smoke detector on each level of the property. If the property is an HMO, there must also be smoke detectors in the designated escape route. That can be the common hallway or staircase. Additionally, there must be a detector in every […]

Fire Safety Standards: Furniture & Upholstery

There are specific requirements for furniture and upholstery items in furnished properties. The specific law regarding furniture is set in 1988 by the The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire Safety) Regulations. All furniture and equipment must be manufactured from fire-resistant materials. Otherwise, they must be treated with fire retardant coatings from the manufacturer. Check the manufacturer’s label […]

Fire Risk Assessment Checklist

Landlords are required to perform a fire risk assessment on a regular basis. Twice a year is enough, but it’s recommended to repeat before a new tenant moves in. The way the assessment is carried out is at the discretion of the landlord. They can also allow a more certified professional to perform it on […]