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A Guide to Holiday Let Health and Safety Requirements

As a holiday let owner, ensuring the safety and well-being of your guests should be a top priority. Here are some main requirements and best practices to follow to comply with health and safety regulations and provide a safe accommodation experience for your guests:

  • Landlords Gas Safety Certificate:
  • Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) on Electrical Appliances:
    • While PAT testing is not legally required, you must ensure that all electrical appliances in your holiday let are safe.
    • The easiest and most effective way to ensure their safety is to have a PAT test.
  • Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR):
    • Since July 2020, it is a legal requirement to renew the EICR every 5 years.
    • An experienced qualified electrician or approved contractor must carry out the assessment.
  • Insurance:
    • Obtain suitable Landlord Insurance for your buildings and contents, including an element of public liability coverage.
  • Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors:
    • Install and ensure the proper functioning of Carbon Monoxide and smoke detectors in your property.
    • These detectors should be tested every month or as recommended.
  • Fire Risk Assessment:
    • Holiday cottages must comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety Order) 2005.
    • Conduct a fire risk assessment to identify potential fire risks and take necessary actions to ensure sufficient fire precautions for guest safety.

If you ensure that these regulations and best practices are followed it will ensure that your guests well-being and safety is taken care of. And you will have peace of mind.

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