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  • HMO & Multi-Lets

    Regs for many appliances in tenants room

    Hi, on an inspection I discovered many appliances in a tenants room. The room has a fire alarm but not linked (the communal ones are).

    Microwave, Fridge, Kettle, Toaster, 3 monitors, 2 computers, electric heater

    The electricity cost I am considering increasing rent for, and electric heaters are banned in the contract. Otherwise a reasonably good tenant whose lived there for many years.

    I am mainly concerned about fire risk and hoped someone could clarify the fire safety regulations on keeping these appliances in a bedroom. As well as any advice on how other landlords have dealt with this kind of issue (i.e. forced to move all kitchen appliances to the kitchen, demand that the electric heater be removed and increased rent to cover electricity cost).

    Many Thanks

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    There are no specific regulations covering appliances brought in by tenants, just ones you provide.

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    David Smith
    Landlord & Tenant Solicitor
    Anthony Gold Solicitors

    Find me on LinkedIn: uk.linkedin.com/in/dsnsmith

    All opinions are my own and do not reflect those of my firm. No comment made should be taken as legal advice and you should consult a solicitor or other legal professional for advice on your specific situation.

    Thanks dsns. Does that include the firesystem with cooking appliances present? I was under the impression that cooking equipment means that the fire alarms needed to be linked in that room and the fire alarm needs to be a heat sensor etc.

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    Hi,

    If you do permit cooking in the bedrooms, it will impact on the level of fire risk and you may need to adjust your fire risk assessment. It may also indicate that an interlinked heat detector is appropriate within the letting.

    To give more specific advice, I would need to see the floor plans and know what fire precautions currently exist including the type of fire alarm system you have installed.

    Regards

    Richard

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    Richard Tacagni MCIEH CEnvH

    Managing Director

    London Property Licensing

    Email: Richard@londonpropertylicensing.co.uk

    www.londonpropertylicensing.co.uk

    This information is intended as general advice and guidance. It is not legal advice and should not be taken or relied upon as such. No liability can be accepted for any reliance on the information published in this response. You may wish to obtain independent legal advice.