Rented accommodation must comply with certain basic legal standards set out in the Housing Acts, Environmental Protection Act and Landlord and Tenant Act, as well as Planning and Building Control legislation.
Housing standards – health and safety
Gas, electrical appliances and furniture safety
The Housing Health and Safety Rating System also takes gas and electrical appliances/installations, as well as furniture, into consideration. Please read the documents at the foot of the page for more information.
Specific regulations require that gas appliances and any installation pipe work at a rented property be maintained in a safe condition and non-hazardous to the occupiers. Each appliance must be subject to a safety check at least once every 12 months by a Gas Safe registered contractor and a proper record kept of the inspection and any repairs / replacements carried out.
It is recommended that electrical installations are inspected and tested at regular intervals by a competent electrician. New circuitry alterations in the kitchen or bathroom are subject to building regulation control. Used electrical appliances supplied during the course of a tenancy must be reasonably safe and regularly tested. Further information can be sought from the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting and the Electrical Contractors Association.
Specific regulations require furniture in rented accommodation provided by landlords to meet necessary fire-resistance requirements.