The Gas safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 says Landlords must ensure that gas appliances, fittings and flues are safe for Tenant's use and that, installation, maintenance and annual safety checks are carried out by a technician registered with the Gas Safety Register (which superseded CORGI on 1st April 2009)
While there isn't a legal obligation on Landlords to have professional checks carried out on the electrical appliances, there is, however, an obligation to ensure that all electrical equipment is safe, under the electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations1994, the Plugs and sockets Regulations 1994, the 2005 Building Regulation - Part P, and the British Standard BS1363 relating to plugs and sockets.
All electrical certification should be carried out by an electrician whom is registered with the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installers and Contractors (NICEIC). There are two types of electrical certificate:
Periodic Inspection Report
It is advisable to have a full electrical inspection carried out every 5 years. This examination investigates the state of the electrical wiring throughout the property and thoroughly checks the safety of the electrical installation. These inspections cost from £100 to £250. The electrician should issue a Landlord with 'Periodic Inspection Report' for an Electrical Installation' at the end of the examination, which declares the electrical installation as safe.
Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)
It is also advisable to instruct an electrician to carry out PAT testing on all portable electrical appliances once a year. Portable electrical appliances are defined as any appliances that a Landlord may supply with the property that can be plugged into the mains electricity (for example lamps, microwaves, portable electrical heaters, TV etc.). The purpose of the PAT is to ensure that all portable electrical items provided with the property are electrical safe. PATs typically cost around £5 -£20 per appliance.
The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 (as amended in 1989 and 1993) sets minimum fire resistance standards for domestic upholstered furniture, furnishings and other products containing upholstery that remain in a dwelling during the course of a tenancy.
These include any of the following which contain upholstery:
Furniture intended for private use in a dwelling, including children's furniture
Beds, headboards of beds, mattresses of any size
Sofa-beds, futons and other convertibles
Nursery furniture, garden furniture suitable for use in a dwelling
Scatter cushions, pillows, seat pads and loose stretch covers for furniture
For items that do apply, a suitable label must be attached to the furniture in a prominent position so hat the label will be clearly visible to a potential purchaser of the furniture and the wording on both sides can be read with reasonable ease.
Smoke Alarms & Carbon Monoxide
All properties built since June 1992 must have a interlinked mains-connected smoke detectors/ alarms on each floor of the property. to help protect the investment and to prove compliance with the common law "duty of care", it is strongly advised that properties built before 1992 are fitted with at least standard (battery powered0 smoke detectors/alarms. Smoke alarms must be checked regularly to ensure that they are in full working order. A carbon monoxide detector should also be supplied. these can be purchased for around £5 from most DIY shops.
Energy Performance Certificate
With effect from 1st October 2008, all new Tenancies require an "Energy Performance Certificate". Their purpose is to determine how energy efficient homes are on a scale of A-G. The most efficient homes - which should have the lowest fuel bills - are in band A.
The certificate uses the same scale to define the impact a home has on the environment. Better-rated homes should have less impact through carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The average property in the UK is in bands D-E for both ratings.
The certificate includes recommendations on ways to improve the home's energy efficiency to save money and help the environment.