Safety and Legislation



  • A minimum of one smoke detector on each floor
  • Carbon monoxide detectors for each gas appliance (boiler/cooker) if in different rooms (and changed every 5 years)
  • Furnishings that comply with the Furniture and Furnishing (fire safety) Regulations 1988
  • Current landlord/home owner Gas Safety Record. Gas appliances to be checked annually (required by law)
  • Domestic Electrical Installation Periodic Inspection Report every 5 years
  • An Energy Performance Certificate (required by law)
  • House in Multiple Occupation License (HMO) where applicable.
  • The landlord is to have sufficient Buildings Insurance.
  • Each kitchen will be fitted with a fire blanket situated a safe distance away from the cooker so as to be safely removed from its housing in the event of a fire on the cooker.
  • Ground floor windows are to have locks/catches, and keys provided where applicable.
  • The property is maintained as a reasonably practicable living environment for tenants, free of avoidable or unnecessary hazards as defined in the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS). Particular attention should be paid to hazards such as excess cold, damp and mold, noise, falls on stairs or between levels, fire and entry by intruders.
  • Any agreed pre-tenancy repairs or any intentions on the part of the landlord to undertake improvements during the tenancy should be confirmed in writing before the letting contract is entered into (unless the need for repair arises after the letting contract).
  • All properties are maintained in a satisfactory state of repair and in full compliance with the provisions of section 11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985.
  • Where a property is advertised as furnished, all bedrooms must contain a bed, adequate clothes storage space, a desk, chair and curtains or blinds which are properly hung. Living rooms must have adequate seating for the number of tenants, and kitchens need to be fitted with the white goods- cooker, fridge, freezer, washing machine.
  • Where a property is advertised as furnished, all bedrooms must contain a bed, adequate clothes storage space, a desk, chair and curtains or blinds which are properly hung. Living rooms must have adequate seating for the number of tenants, and kitchens need to be fitted with the white goods- cooker, fridge, freezer, washing machine.