A landlord is obliged to ensure that all gas appliances and gas installations are in a safe condition. There are regulations which control the safety of gas appliances and all works must be carried out by Registered ‘Gas Safe’ Engineers. Tenants must also be given a copy of the properties Annual Safety Check certificate.
Any new installations e.g. boilers, water heaters, warm air heaters, gas fires and flued cookers must comply with Building Regulation, as well as the Gas Safety Regulations.
The occupier has various responsibilities relating to gas safety too, but these fall on the owner where the occupier is away and all landlords are responsible in relation to dangerous situations, whether the property is occupied or not.
For further info on gas safety: RLA Guide to Gas Safety
Fire Safety for Furniture and Furnishings
All furniture and furnishings supplied by the landlord or managing agent must comply with the ‘Fire Safety Regulations for Furnishings and Furniture’ and meet current fire resistance requirements. These set levels of fire resistance to domestic upholstered furniture, furnishings and other products (which contain upholstery) and are to ensure proper fire resistance be maintained to meet the relevant requirements regarding ignition and fire safety.
Landlord fire safety is enforced by local training standards and are also requirements imposed in relation to furniture in houses in multiple occupation (HMOs).
For more information on furniture in your rental properties, read here