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.
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.
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 »