Health and Safety Regulations for Short-term Rentals

Holiday lets in England and Wales have boomed in recent years. UK legislation ensures that this is done in a safe manner, covering all health and safety requirements for short term rental accommodation. This page provides basic summaries of these requirements, and provides links to government guidance for more information.

Legionella Risk Assessment

UK wide law states that property owners must regularly check their water systems for any risk of Legionella. A risk assessment is the easiest way to complete this, as it can be done via a simple test.

More information can be found here.

Gas Safety

The legislation is most clear in England and Wales regarding gas safety. It outlines that all landlords, including short term let property owners, must have a gas safety check performed by a gas safe engineer. This gas safety certificate but be renewed annually to ensure that all gas appliances are safe to use.

More information can be found here.

The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations.

Fire Safety

The UK government published guidance for owners of accommodation with paying guests. It outlines the needs for a Fire Safety Risk Assessment, to think about and improve your fire safety measures, and to review these. Learn More »

Further, the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 require a property to at least have a smoke alarm on every level and heat sensors in every kitchen. Learn More »

Electric Safety

As with the rest of the UK, England and Wales’ legislation outlines that electrical systems and appliances should be checked regularly by an approved electrican. Since December 2016, landlords require an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) for all rented properties. This assessment does not cover self-catering, however is a demonstrable way to show safety in a holiday let.

PAT testing is also strongly recommended to ensure appliances are deemed safe.

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