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Water Testing (Legionella Risk Assessment) This will apply particularly if the water is via a non-mains supply. It is advisable to commission an annual water test report (Legionella Risk Assessment). We can arrange to supply you with contacts of various contractors who would be able to prepare this report for you. Electricity It is the landlord’s responsibility to ensure that the electrical installation and all electrical appliances are safe and in full working order, complying with all relevant regulations. If in doubt, we can arrange for an NICEIC registered electrician to check these matters for you. The Furniture and Furnishings On 1st March 1993 the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) (Amended) 1993 Regulations came into force. The Regulations aim to improve safety by requiring all furniture and furnishings in rented properties to pass the ‘cigarette test’. Most new furniture is marked with a ticket to show that it passes the test. All upholstered furniture and furnishings in accommodation, now made available for letting, must meet the Fire Resistance Requirements. The regulations apply to all upholstery and upholstered furniture and loose fittings, permanent or loose covers to include beds, mattresses, pillows, settees, armchairs, scatter cushions and beanbags. This is not, however, an exhaustive list. Particular exclusions to note are carpets and curtains. Furniture that was manufactured before 1st January 1950 does not need to comply with the regulations, as apparently the defective flammable materials were not in use prior to 1950. This therefore exempts ‘period’ or antique furniture. All furniture and furnishings introduced into a let property must comply with the regulations. The offence for non-compliance carries a punishment of 6 months imprisonment or a ‘level 5’ fine, currently £5,000 or both. These penalties are only for non-compliance. Should there be a fire at the property and it can be proven that the noncompliant furniture aggravated the fire, the landlord could be held liable, and the penalties greater. 5 KEYS If the Property has been previously rented or recently purchased, you may wish to consider having the locks changed. In any event, we would recommend that it is advisable to have the locks changed after every change of occupier.


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