Safety regulations

Safety regulations for rental properties

The furniture and furnishings (fire) (safety) (amendment) regulations 1993

The gas safety (installation and use) regulations 1998

The electrical equipment (safety) regulations 1994

The plugs and sockets (safety) regulations 1994 (consumer protection act 1987)

Any plug, socket or adapter supplied which is intended for domestic use, must comply with the appropriate current regulations.

Building regulations - part "p" electircal safety and dwellings

The Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 puts the onus on Landlords to ensure the electrical installation in their property is safe when the tenancy begins, and that it is maintained in a safe condition throughout that tenancy. All domestic electric installation work (particularly in kitchens and bathrooms) must be carried out by a Government "Approved" contractor. In addition, electrical contractors will have to verify the work complies with British Standard Safety Requirements (BS7671). Failure to comply with these regulations is a criminal offence and could result in fines of up to 5,000 and/or imprisonment.