A Landlord's guide to Absconding tenants

Absconding tenants are an inevitable fact for any long-term landlord.  The chances are that if you are planning to invest in property over the long term you will be faced with this situation.  This inevitability makes it essential that you, as a landlord, equip yourself to deal with this situation.  This article aims to explain what an absconding tenant is; how to deal with this situation and how to be proactive and protect yourself and minimise your risk.


A Landlord's guide to Furniture and Furnishings Fire Safety regulations

All furniture and furnishings that are provided in a rental property should comply with the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire Safety) Regulations 1988.  The Regulations set the levels of fire resistance for domestic upholstered furniture, furnishings and other products containing upholstery.  To ensure that they comply with the Regulation, a Landlord must ensure that all of their furniture is "fire resistant", otherwise they will be committing a criminal offence. This Regulation is enforced by local Trading Standards Officers and Landlords can be fined up to £5,000 and sent to prison for six months.


A Landlord's guide to Fire safety responsibilities

A Landlord has a duty of care to ensure that tenants are safe when occupying a rental property. This duty of care includes fire safety and providing a property which has the means to detect fires and a means of escape from fire. The duty of care and the actions a Landlord must take are dependent on the type of rental property; for example, the actions required for a property occupied by a single family are different to that required for a home in multiple occupancy (a shared house). The duty of care remains with the Landlord, regardless of whether the Landlord employs an agent to manage the property. The Landlord must ensure that any agent hired to manage their property carries out the relevant duties on behalf of the Landlord.


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