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Published: 03/11/2016   Last Updated: 04/11/2016  
Author: Sean Purtill    Tags:

There is no excuse for anyone in our industry to ignore regulations, at Ellisons Lettings we are fully versed on important new regulations such as:
Since October 2015, it has been mandatory for a smoke alarm to be installed on every floor of a rental property where someone is living, partially living or is deemed as a habitable area. Bathrooms, for example, are viewed as habitable areas.
Landlords or their managing agents must also fit Carbon Monoxide alarms in rooms with a solid fuel-burning appliance, including wood burners and open fires.  Our most common queries regarding these regulations are the required location and type of alarm as well as when they need to be tested.
In 2014, the British Standards Institution introduced a new set of safety requirements, aiming to address child safety risks posed by blinds and curtains.  The requirements mean that any blind which is installed with cords and chains has to have breakaway connectors and cord and chain safety retainers.
The cords and chains must also be maintained at a minimum 1.5 metres from floor level.
All new blinds or curtain tracks which are fitted by a professional must now pass the new standard, meeting the necessary safety requirements and test methods.  If an accident involving a non-compliant blind or curtain track takes place in a rental property, the landlord could face prosecution from Trading Standards.
Our Lettings Manager Jenny Narloch comments, our Lettings team take their role very seriously and want to give the best advice to our landlords. We are qualified members of ARLA, Association of residential lettings agents, we make it our business to ensure that Landlords are informed on all legal requirements before Letting their property.  Our Property Management department is also on hand to action whatever needs to be done to make sure the property is compliant and ready for when tenants move in.
For further information about Landlords legal requirements required to Let your property, please contact our friendly team 020 8944 8628 or