As a tenant, you have the right to live in a property that’s safe and secure. Safety obligations of the landlord include the following:
- Gas safety: All gas equipment supplied at the property must be installed and maintained by a competent engineer who is Gas Safe registered, and the landlord must carry out gas safety checks every year. All tenants must be given an up-to-date copy on a gas safety certificate whenever a safety check is done.
- Electrical safety: All electrical appliances (eg cookers, washing machines, heaters) and equipment must meet safety standards and carry the British Safety Standard sign. The landlord is responsible for removing or replacing any faulty items.
- Fire safety: Furnishings supplied in the property must meet fire safety standards (eg beds and mattresses, sofas, garden furniture, pillows, duvets, etc). The landlord must remove non-compliant items before the tenant moves into the property.
If the property is in England, all tenants must be given a copy of a current Energy Performance Certificate and gas safety certificate. Tenants must also be given a copy of the government's publication "How to Rent: a checklist for renting in England". If the tenant is not given these documents will make an eviction notice invalid (ie the landlord won't be able to issue a Section 21 (Form 6A) notice in England to repossess the property.
If the property is in Wales, the tenant is entitled to a copy of a gas safety certificate and Energy Performance Certificate.