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a) The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1994
The regulations place a duty on landlords to maintain all gas appliances in their property through annual inspections and safety checks which must be carried out by a registered CORGI Engineer. As with the Fire Regulations, non compliance with the Gas Safety Regulations could result in a fine or imprisonment.
b) The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994
The regulations apply to any electrical equipment between 50 and 1000 volts a/c and require that the apparatus must be safe and guidelines are to have a system and equipment tested every three years. When an electrical system has been altered for repair or upgrading this has to comply with ‘Part P’ of the electrical regulations.
c) Smoke Detectors Act 1991
The Department of Environment regulations require any new building (built after June 1992) to have smoke detectors installed. If your property was built after this date mains operated smoke detectors must be fitted on each floor
d) Guidance on Legionnaires’ Disease for Landlords
Landlords of residential accommodation have responsibilities for minimising the risk of Legionnaires’ Disease. Health and safety legislation requires that landlords carry out risk assessments for the Legionella bacteria which cause Legionnaires’ Disease and thereafter maintain control measures to minimise the risk and also keep records as due diligence.
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