Safety standards in the home

The law in relation to safety in the home, covering gas (including carbon monoxide and radon) and electrical safety, furnishings and fire safety

This content applies to England & Wales
  • Gas safety checks and responsibilities

    Risks from gas appliances, responsibilities of landlords and occupiers, local authority powers and enforcement.

  • Electrical safety in rented homes

    The law on electrical safety in rented homes, landlords responsibilities and local authority action under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS).

  • Responsibility for smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

    Regulations requiring private sector landlords to install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, location of devices, and exempt landlords.

  • HHSRS fire safety assessments

    Inspecting and identifying residential properties at risk of fire. Local authority duties and powers under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS).

  • Fire safety in HMOs

    Fire safety regulations in houses in multiple occupation, hostels, hotels and boarding houses, and enforcement of the rules and guidance on risk assessments.

  • Asbestos in housing

    Asbestos was widely used in housing and may pose health risks. Landlords must safely manage asbestos and tenants can take action if the measures are insufficient.