Join Date: Feb 2007
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In NI we have to arrange all of that annually. It needs a certified person to document it and give us the paperwork. It is costly. Holiday rentals are subject to slightly different, more stringent requirements in NI. If it's a holiday rental it includes pat testing every electrical appliance and labelling it. Strict and onerous fire requirements are also applied.
It wasn't so strict in Scotland. England may be different and regions may differ again. One Fire Authority may interpret the regulations differently from another.
Our FA issued guidelines which they insisted must be adhered to on pain of prosecution, even though when compared to the actual regulations they had applied the harshest and most costly interpretations. For example the regs said interconnected sensors were required. As many as three in the kitchen (Smoke, heat and Co2) and that they all be interconnected by hardwiring and attached to a standby power source as well as mains. The regulations just said interconnected so that those using wifi of bluetooth would do the job. Overkill, but in a way you can't blame them for covering their arses.
It's a bit of a minefield for us, but research did show that in NI it is taken to extremes. Don't get me wrong I'm all for health and safety being adequate but what they wanted from us was chronically overdone and hugely costly, including changing all the doors for fire doors and fitting emergency lighting and illuminated exit signs in an ordinary bungalow. That was the holiday rental though, and they say that's different so that apply the hotel and boarding house regs to it. Our residential rentals were a bit simpler.
I found web some forums where landlords chatted. They were useful. I didn't take note of their names, sorry.
It's a wonder anyone bothers with holiday rentals in NI at all these days.
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Last edited by erneboy; 08-12-2020 at 19:47.