Health and Safety Regulations for Short-term Rentals

Northern Ireland has quickly become a must see destination for any tourist travelling to the UK.

With a series of dynamic cities and it’s beautiful countryside, it’s no surprise that holiday lets have gained in popularity in the recent years. This page provides summaries of UK and Northern Irish legislation to ensure that your guests are safe in your rented property. For more information on each, links are provided to the relevant legislation.

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

In Northern Ireland, the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) NI Regulations 2004 apply. 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.

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.

This link for government guidance is helpful for hosts.

Electric Safety

The guidance provided by the UK government in regards to electrical safety is mirrored in Northern Ireland, with the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994. outlines that electrical systems and appliances should be checked regularly by an approved electrician. 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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