As a landlord, if you let out property fully or partly furnished, then you must ensure that the furniture meets legal safety standards for fire resistance. The laws and regulations regarding fire safety were brought in to ensure that furniture will not produce fume-filled smoke if there is a fire in the property.
At the end of a tenancy, a landlord is entitled to receive their property in the same condition as when the tenancy started, except that fair wear and tear is to be expected. According to the Supreme Court, a tenant cannot be held liable for changes in a property caused by ‘the reasonable use of the premises
The private rented sector in England is governed by an increasingly complex array of legislative and regulatory requirements, a breach of which can carry significant financial penalties or even cause a landlord to conduct a criminal offence.
If you are planning to let out a property in the Private Rented Sector, there is a considerable amount of work that you will need to do to ensure that you are compliant with legislation and that your property is safe and ready for tenant occupation. Our checklist is designed to help you get things in order.