The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 which extends the scope of the Consumer Protection Act 1987 (CPA) means that all furniture in residential lettings must comply fire safety standards.
- Three piece suites, arm chairs, sofas, sofa beds and other convertible furniture such as futons
- Fitted furniture covers and all types of cushions both scatter and fitted sofa cushions
- Beds and bases, mattresses, headboards, divans and pillows
- Children’s furniture
- Garden furniture which could be used indoors
This furniture must carry a manufacturer’s label stating fire resistance and should be non-detachable and permanent.
It’s also recommended you carry out a Portable Appliance Test (PAT) test to ensure all electrical items are safe. Your not legally obliged, but it’s advised by lettings agents and also shows tenants you’re responsible.
So, furnished or unfurnished? Hopefully you are clearer now about which route to choose. Flexibility seems to be the main thing when renting property even though some letting agents say they can obtain slightly higher rents from furnished property rentals. However, providing for the needs of your tenants is the main thing and offering flexibility regarding furnishing will be appreciated.