Landlord's Regulation To Letting Their Property In Reading
There are many aspects relating to consumer safety in property lettings that you must ensure you are clear on, and up to date with. The following section will run you through the main regulations you should be aware of:
Furniture & Furnishings Regulations 1988
As a general guide, furniture made before 1988 is unlikely to meet the new standards and should be replaced before letting the property. You should check any furniture you are planning to provide in the let including beds, headboards, mattresses, futons, sofa beds, cushions and pillows for the date it was manufactured. However, duvets, pillow cases, blankets, carpets, curtains and furniture manufactured pre 1950 are exempt from this legislation.
To check items for the fire safety standards look for a permanent label stating the regulations it conforms to. Bed bases and mattresses are not required to have this label attached but should display information stating compliance with 'ignitability tests' and look for the compliance code BS 7177 for confirmation.
If you're in any doubt that a bed or sofa, for example, may not meet the required standard, replace them. There are substantial fines and even prison sentences imposed for non-compliance should an accident occur.