Fire and Furnishings Regulations

Since 1st January 1997, all furniture provided in furnished rented accommodation – houses, flats, bedsits – must meet the fire resistance requirements of the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1998.

The regulations apply to any of the following upholstered items:

  • Beds, mattresses and headboards.
  • Sofa beds, futons and any other convertibles.
  • Loose and stretch covers for furniture.
  • Nursery furniture.
  • Scatter cushions, seat covers and pillows.

The regulations do not apply to:

  • Sleeping bags or loose covers for mattresses.
  • Bedclothes – including duvets and pillowcases.

We cannot let any property containing non-compliant furniture. All items must carry a permanent label as proof that items are compliant with the regulations. If you need help, your Reeds Rains consultant will be able to advise you.

We also recommend battery operated smoke alarms are installed. (Once installed, responsibility for replacing the battery passes to the tenant.)