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June 2017 articles

Smoke Alarms

The Building Regulations (1991) state that all properties built since June 1992 must be fitted with mains operated interlinked smoke detectors/alarms with at least one detector per floor level.

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Electrical Safety in Rental Property

Apart from the Landlord's Common Law duty of care, the Landlord & Tenant Act 1985 (and several other statutory regulations see below) requires that the electrical equipment is safe at the start of every tenancy and maintained in a safe condition throughout the tenancy. Electrical hazards are also covered by the Housing Health and safety Rating System under the Housing Act 2004.

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A Landlord's Guide to Gas Safety

These regulations were introduced under the jurisdiction of Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (subsequently referred to as the “Act”) and are designed to provide standards for the installation and maintenance of the general provisions in the regulations for all new gas pipe work and appliance installations and conditions for ongoing maintenance.

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The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire Safety) Regulation 1988 (Amended 1993)

The purpose and reason for these regulations is to reduce the incidence and possibility of death which can occur at a property when a fire takes place and the occupants are asphyxiated by the poisonous fumes produced from non-compliant furniture. To reinforce the seriousness of this matter the offence carries a punishment of six months imprisonment or a fine, which is currently £5000 or both.

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Tenants Guide To Renting

Prior to starting to look for rented accommodation it is important to budget carefully and calculate what monthly rental you will be able to comfortably afford. When calculating you must include the additional costs of council tax, utilities and telecommunications as these are rarely included in the asking rental.

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Buy to Let - A Landlord's Guide

Renting in the private sector has in recent years grown significantly and although we are seeing a resurgence of first time buyers we believe that tenant demand will remain high for many years to come.

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