GAS SAFETY (INSTALLATION AND USE) REGULATIONS This is a voluntary code landlords can sign up to and demonstrate their property meets certain standards. The overall aim of the code is to continue to increase the standard of student accommodation.
Only a competent and qualified engineer who is Gas Safe registered is permitted to carry out work on gas appliances. Furthermore, landlords have a legal obligation to provide you with a copy of a gas safety certificate before you move in.
THE FURNITURE AND FURNISHINGS FIRE SAFETY
This regulation ensures that none of the furniture in the house is a fire risk; and that different types of furniture reach the set levels of fire resistance. Furniture complying with this law is marked with a label depicting a triangle and a smoking cigarette.
THE ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT SAFETY REGULATIONS 1994
The regulations state that any electrical equipment supplied should be “safe”, so landlords must check all electrical items in between tenancies for any obvious signs of unsafe hazards, such as frayed wires or badly fitted plugs. If you spot any defects of this nature, contact your landlord immediately.
HOUSES IN MULTIPLE OCCUPATION (HMOs)
A HMO is defined as a property of at least three floors, shared by 5 or more people made up of 2 or more families. They are required to meet minimum standards, which include the number of bathrooms, toilets, washbasins, cooking and laundry facilities. If you live in an HMO and don't believe it reaches minimum standards, speak to your local authority – they will raise the problem with the landlord, but won't tell them you told them.
Please note different rules and regulations apply in Scotland.