safety information

furniture & furnishings

Where the property is let furnished, the furniture and furnishing must comply with The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 (as amended 1993), which extends the scope of the Consumer Protection Act 1987 (CPA). This covers the supplying (hiring or lending) of specified goods (upholstered furniture and certain furnishings) in the course of business.

A landlord letting her own home over an extended period, perhaps to different tenants, would be deemed to be "letting in the course of business" and would need to comply.

Some materials used to fill or cover furniture, particularly older and second hand furniture, may be a fire risk and often produces poisonous gases when burning, such as cyanide or carbon monoxide. So, if you let your residential property furnished you must ensure that certain types of furniture and furnishings provided meet the current safety regulations.

Failure to comply with the regulations is a criminal offence and may result in:

  • A fine of £5,000 per item not complying
  • Six month's imprisonment
  • Possible manslaughter charges in the event of death
  • The Tenant may also sue you for civil damages
  • Your property insurance may be invalidated