All chains and cords on internal blinds must be min of 1.5 m above the floor. Safety devices may need to be put in place to ensure this.
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- Banisters/ Handrails
Stairs should have a handrail on at least one side if they are less than 1m wide. They should have a handrail on both sides if they are wider than 1m. You do not need a handrail on the first two steps up. In all the buildings handrail height should be between 900mm and 1000mm measured to the top of the handrail to the pitch line. A 100mm sphere cannot pass through any openings between spindles or any other gaps in the handrail, such as between glass panels.
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- Repairs responsibility
Tenant – Light bulbs, damage to another property due tenants action for instance leak damage extended to the next flat, damages to the property caused by tenants family and friends. Tenants should only carry out repairs if the tenancy agreement says they can.
Landlord – Property structure and exterior including plasterwork, all sanitary fittings including pipes and drains, heating and hot water, electrical wiring, gas pipes, appliances, flues and ventilation, any damage caused by repairs.
- Energy efficiency
As of 1 April 2018, you can ONLY grant new tenancies and renewals of existing tenancies for properties which have a minimum energy efficiency rating of E. So if your property has a rating of F or G – you will be letting the property illegally.
As of 1 April 2020, this will apply also to all existing tenancies. Whether they are within their fixed term or running as a periodic tenancy. So you will not be able to let ANY properties which have a rating of F or G – unless there is an exemption.