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Current Legislation

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The legislative demands on landlords are such that having a trusted agent - Cross & Prior to keep on top of
the legal requirements gives you tremendous peace of mind.

If you are in any doubt what your responsibilities are, we will be able to help and advise, to guarantee as the landlord you are meeting your legal responsibility to ensure the regulations are complied with and that safety checks have actually been carried out.

     We provide the following guide which explains the implications and requirements
     of the various safety legislations that currently apply to rented residential property. 
     It is intended for guidance purposes only and is not an authoritative statement of
     the law. Should you require further clarification, you are advised to contact the     
     appropriate authorities direct.


       The Gas Safety (Installations and Use) Regulations 1998
       These regulations require the landlords to ensure that gas appliances are properly  
       installed and maintained in a safe condition so as to avoid the risks of carbon 
       monoxide poisoning. 

       It is the responsibility of landlords of domestic properties that ALL “Gas Appliances”
       and “Pipe work” within the property are checked for safety at least once a year by
       a Gas Safe registered engineer and that accurate records are kept of those safety
       inspections and any work carried out.

       “Gas Appliances & Pipe work” includes any fitted gas appliance, for example:-

       Central heating system, gas heaters, gas fires, gas cookers, all pipe work, valves,
       regulators, meter.

       It is the policy of Cross & Prior Residential Lettings to ensure we have a copy of
       the necessary gas certificate before a tenancy commences.


       The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994
       The regulations impose an obligation on the Landlord to ensure that all electrical
       appliances left as part of a let property are tested for earthing, insulation and
       leakages. Cabling fuses and plugs should also be inspected and replaced where
       necessary to the correct rating for that particular appliance.

       Other legislation covering electrical installations is currently in force and in order
       to avoid prosecution, we recommend that all electrical appliances in let properties
       are regularly checked and serviced.

       The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) (Amendment) Regulations 1993
       The regulations were amended in 1993 and have set new levels of fire resistance
       for domestic upholstered furniture and furnishings. It is now an offence to supply in
       the course of a business any furniture which does not comply with the regulations.  

       The regulations apply to sofas, beds, bed heads, mattresses, children’s furniture,
       garden furniture suitable for use in a dwelling, scatter cushions and pillows, stretch
       or loose covers for furniture and other similar items.

       The regulations do not apply to: curtains, carpets, bed-clothes (include duvets) and
       mattress covers.

       Any furniture manufactured after March 1990 is likely to comply but if the appropriate
       labels are not on the furniture, compliance is in doubt and checks should be made
       with the manufacturer.


   Failure to comply with the regulations may jeopardise the 
   life of your tenants and lead to prosecution with penalties 
   of imprisonment or fines up to £5,000.



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