Rented accommodation

If you are worried your landlord isn’t doing enough to ensure your safety, contact the environmental health officer at your local council for advice. You can find their contact details at www.direct.gov.uk

If you live in privately rented accommodation your landlord has to meet certain safety obligations under the law.

  • All private landlords must ensure there are working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in properties where solid fuel is being burned at the start of the tenancy.
  • As a tenant it is your responsibilty to make sure that smoke alarms are maintained. Smoke alarms will provide you with early warning should there be a fire while you are sleeping.
  • You landlord should ensure gas appliances are checked by a Gas Safe registered engineer every year.
  • Your landlord must also ensure furnishings are fire resistant and meet safety regulations.
  • Your landlord must show you safety certificates so you can see when gas and electrical appliances were last checked.
  • Electrical appliances provided by your landlord must carry the British Safety Standard sign.
  • Your landlord must also ensure furnishings are fire resistant and meet safety regulations.
  • Your landlord must show you safety certificates so you can see when gas and electrical appliances were last checked.

If you are worried your landlord isn’t doing enough to ensure your safety, contact the environmental health officer at your local council for advice. You can find their contact details at www.direct.gov.uk

Make sure you recognise these symbols:

Image of the Kitemark used for electrical safety

Gas Safe logo, used to certify the safety of gas installations and equipment

Fire resistant logo