Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) Safety) (Amendment) Regulations 1993
The above regulations were amended in 1993 and have set new levels of fire resistance for domestic upholstered furniture and furnishings. It is now an offence to “supply” in the course of business any furniture, which does not comply with the regulations. This includes supplying furniture as part of a
rented residential property.
The regulations apply to:
Sofas, Beds, Bedheads, Children’s furniture
Garden furniture suitable for use in a dwelling
Scatter cushions and pillows
Stretch or loose covers for furniture and other similar items
The regulations do not apply to:
Curtains, Carpets, Bed clothes (including duvets) and mattress covers.
The information below is a summary of the implications of the above regulations and should be read in conjunction with the official guide from the DTI:
All property let for the first time since 1 March 1993 must contain furniture that complies with the new regulations. Any additional or replacement furniture supplied since 1 March 1993 must comply with the regulations.
All furniture manufactured before 1 January 1950 is not covered by the regulations as defective inflammable materials were not used prior to that date.
Any furniture manufactured after March 1990 is likely to comply but if the appropriate labels are not on the furniture, compliance is in doubt and checks should be made with the manufacturer.
FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE REGULATIONS MAY JEOPARDISE THE LIFE OF YOUR TENANT AND LEAD TO PROSECUTION WITH THE PENALTIES OF IMPRISONMENT OR FINES UP TO £5,000.
This Guide explains the implications and requirements of the various safety legislations that currently apply to rented domestic property. It is intended for guidance purposes only and is not an authoritative statement of the law. Should you require further clarification you are advised to contact the appropriate authorities direct.
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