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Deposits

The Housing Act 2004 requires landlords and letting agents to protect deposits on assured shorthold tenancies in a government-backed tenancy deposit scheme.

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Right To Rent

Effective from 1st February 2016 the Right to Rent is a check a landlord, agent or householder renting out property should make to ensure that the prospective tenants or occupants have a right to rent

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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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