Private sector landlords are required from 1 October 2015 to have at least one smoke alarm installed on every storey of their properties and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance (eg a coal fire, wood burning stove). After that, the landlord must make sure the alarms are in working order at the start of each new tenancy. The requirements will be enforced by local authorities who can impose a fine of up to £5,000 where a landlord fails to comply with a remedial notice.
A landlord electrical certificate shows that the electrical system has been checked, your property is compliant with the regulations laid by the IET and British Standards and is safe for your tenants. Adhering to the codes, standards and regulations set out is important, and the certificate proves that you have taken necessary steps.
Emergency escape lighting is defined by The British Standards Institution (BSI) as ‘that part of emergency lighting that is provided to enable safe exit in the event of failure of the normal supply’. Emergency escape lighting is part of the fire safety provision of a building, and a requirement under The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
While not currently compulsory in all rented premises it is important that if you do have a Emergency lighting system installed it is tested and serviced to ensure it remains compliant and functional
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