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Safety in rented property

Your landlord must keep the property you live in safe and free from health hazards.

Gas safety

Your landlord must:

  • make sure gas equipment they supply is safely installed and maintained by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
  • have a registered engineer do an annual gas safety check on each appliance and flue.
  • give you a copy of the gas safety check record before you move in, or within 28 days of the check.

Electrical safety

Your landlord must make sure:

  • the electrical system is safe, for example sockets and light fittings.
  • all appliances they supply are safe, for example cookers and kettles.
  • Under The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 there is a requirement that from the 1 April 2021, landlords will need to have an EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report) performed on all properties with existing tenancies.

Fire safety

Your landlord must:

  • follow safety regulations
  • provide a smoke alarm on each storey and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room with a solid fuel burning appliance (for example a coal fire or wood burning stove). The requirement for carbon monoxide alarms is a new regulation which applies from the 1 October 2022 (The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (Amendment) Regulations 2022)
  • check you have access to escape routes at all times.
  • make sure the furniture and furnishings they supply are fire safe.
  • provide fire alarms and extinguishers if the property is a large house in multiple occupation (HMO). 

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