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Holiday Let Safety Requirements

Are you considering renting out your property for the holiday season? If so, there are a few things you need to be aware of to ensure your guests have a safe and enjoyable stay.

In this blog post, we will outline some of the key safety requirements you need to meet when letting your property. Keep reading for more information!

Holiday let owners are responsible for ensuring that their visitors’ safety is safeguarded, and necessary precautions are taken. To ensure the safety of your guests, it is essential that you follow all rules and regulations. We have gathered a list for easy reference on how best to keep holiday let properties safe! However, it is not a comprehensive list, and rules and regulations are frequently updated. Furthermore, we are not lawyers or accountants, so please utilize this post as a starting point for your own research rather than legal advice. If you have any concerns, you should consult a professional. 

Finally, if you’re just getting started, don’t be scared by the idea of a lot of regulations. Most of them are common sense rules that will safeguard you, your visitors, and your possessions. 

What is Holiday Let Safety

Holiday let safety is the term used for the best practices to follow when renting out your property for short-term stays, usually during holiday periods. 

A few key things to remember are to ensure all appliances are safe and in good working order, all furniture and fittings are secure and safe, and that you have adequate insurance in place. You should also be sure to provide your guests with a copy of your house rules, as well as contact information in case of an emergency. Finally, be sure to inspect the property following each guest’s stay to make sure no damage has been done. 

Holiday Let Insurance

Holiday let insurance differs from regular home insurance. You’ll need specific holiday let insurance if you plan on renting out your second home to paying guests. 

Holiday let insurance is a specialized form of insurance that protects you against risks associated with renting out your home. 

While a holiday let insurance isn’t required by law, you are exposed to expenditures in the event of an emergency. If you don’t protect yourself adequately, you may be forced to pay huge sums of money, which might be stressful and inconvenient. 

Types of insurance you might need

Public Liability Insurance

Public liability insurance for a holiday let property is insurance that provides protection for the policyholder in the event that someone is injured, or their property is damaged as a result of something that the policyholder has done or failed to do. For example, if a guest slips and falls in your property, public liability insurance would provide you with coverage for any legal costs or compensation payments that you may be required to make as a result. 

Content Insurance

Content insurance for holiday let can provide coverage for lost, stolen, or damaged content while your property is being rented out. This type of policy can be especially important if you have high-value items in your home, such as jewellery, art, or electronics. It’s also a good idea to have content insurance if you’re renting out a property that is already furnished because it covers you if a guest causes damage to your property while they’re renting it. For example, if a guest spills red wine on your white carpet, the content insurance would cover the cost of having the carpet cleaned.

 

Most policies will cover the cost of replacing any lost or damaged items with new items of the same make and model. Some policies will also reimburse you for the cost of packing and shipping your belongings to and from your rental property. Be sure to read through your policy carefully to see what is and isn’t covered. 

Building Insurance

Building insurance for a holiday let is similar to the coverage you would have on your primary residence- it would protect the structure of the building in the event of e.g., fire, wind, hail, etc. However, there may be some additional coverage that are specific to rental properties, such as loss of rent if the property becomes uninhabitable following a covered loss. Be sure to discuss your specific needs with an insurance professional to ensure you have the correct insurance cover in place.

Holiday Let Safety Requirements

Holiday let owners have a general duty of care to ensure guests are not put in any danger during their stay. We have prepared a list of things you need to know about health and safety for your holiday rent, so that you can have a piece of mind. 

GAS Safety

Gas safety laws are designed to keep you and your guests secure. They must be followed to the letter. The yearly inspection is required to verify that nothing has been overlooked during the year, all gas appliances contain working spark plugs and leak detection systems in accordance with the minimum standards established under 1998 rules.

 

You, as the landlord of the property is required by law to hold a valid Gas Safety Certificate, which you should keep for 2 years minimum.  

Also, it is required to provide instructions on turning off valves and include emergency contact information in the guest instructions book near the boiler.   

Electrical Safety

Electrical Safety

There is no legal obligation to obtain and renew an Electrical Safety Certificate as there is with Gas Safety Certificate. Landlords are required by law to ensure that all electrical equipment, circuits, and fixed installations within the property are safe and do not pose a danger to visitors. 

Electrical safety checks may be completed by yourself, but it is strongly advised that you have a thorough check performed by a qualified electrician to ensure that the electrical goods in your holiday property are safe. 

With use and time, all equipment will wear down. The optimum duration between inspections is 5 years, but depending on the number of visitors you serve, you might want to have your property inspected more often. 

Fire Safety

In every holiday let property, there is a danger of fire. Here are some precautions you can take to lower the risk and safeguard the safety of your guests. 

A fire risk assessment is required by law. This assessment will identify any fire hazards and who is at risk. You, as the landlord, can complete this inspection; however, obtaining a certified fire expert to do it for you will guarantee the safety of your visitors. 

Certain things must be evaluated during your fire safety risk assessment. 

The following are some of the areas that will be addressed during the evaluation:  

  • Test and examine the fire equipment such as smoke alarms every week. 
  • Remove the dust from the alarms and sensors at least twice a year.  
  • All the doors should be easy to open from inside without any obstruction.  
  • Fire extinguishers should be present in a reasonable size and they should be serviced once a year.  
  • Provide a wall-mounted fire blanket in the kitchen. 
  • Remove excess dust from the tumble dryers and vacuum filters. 
  • The waste bins provided should be fire resistant. 
  • Provide torches and emergency lights on each floor.  
  • Put the emergency contact numbers in the guest instruction booklet. 
  • Provide details of emergency procedures in the guest booklet.  

Carry out a fire risk assessment regularly. 

Swimming Pool Safety

Swimming Pool Safety

Although a swimming pool is an attractive option, it is still a hazardous place.  You must take reasonable measures to avoid accidents since, in the case of a significant accident, investigations will focus on whether you were at-fault. 

Here are some simple measures to enhance swimming pool safety: 

  • Have a fence installed with a self-locking gate around the pool.  
  • Display a sign asking guests not to dive, run; display water depth, and that children should at all times be supervised by their parents.
  • Provide safety measures and equipment such as ring, life hook, ladder/steps in the pool.
  • Carry out risk assessments for guests or anyone working around the pool. 
  • Use a non-slip surface to prevent slips and trips.  

Maintain pool regularly and keep a record of it. 

Carbon Monoxide Safety

Carbon monoxide detectors are not required in the UK for Holiday Let properties, but it is highly recommended that you have one installed. Carbon monoxide is an odourless and colourless gas that can be deadly in high levels, so it’s important to be aware of the risks and take steps to protect yourself and your guests.  

Some basic tips to help keep you safe from carbon monoxide poisoning include:

  • Making sure all fuel-burning appliances are properly vented.
  • Ensuring chimneys and flues are clean and in good condition.
  • never use a portable generator indoors.
  • Keep CO2 alarms properly maintained and tested.

Never light a charcoal grill or smoker inside your home. 

Child Safety

There are no specific child safety requirements for Holiday Let in UK, but landlords are advised to follow the same safety measures as they would for a permanent tenant. This includes installing smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire alarms; having a working fire extinguisher; and ensuring that all electrical outlets are covered with childproof caps. 

Landlords should also take steps to secure furniture and other objects that could be dangerous to children, such as putting knives and scissors away in a locked cabinet and placing heavy objects on low shelves. It’s also important to provide children with safe places to play and to always supervise them. If there are any balconies or raised areas, it is important to ensure these are fenced off. 

A caution notice should be posted on clip-on high-chairs, stating that the harness must be used at all times and that a child should not be left alone while in the seat. Age and weight restrictions for clip-on high-chairs should also be clearly displayed. 

Play areas for children should be in a suitable, safe place. When possible, a fence or wall should surround the play area, as well as a gate that can be locked at night. All playground equipment should be carefully maintained and kept in good working order.

Conclusion:

Hopefully, this checklist has put your mind at ease or prompted you to examine your property again for any features you may not have recognized as a potential hazard to your visitors. 

While maximizing occupancy may be your primary concern when renting your holiday home, don’t forget that you have a duty of care to your guests. Also, you must comply with health and safety laws. 

If you have any questions about the checklist above, or you would like us to help you manage your holiday let property, please get in touch. We will be happy to help! You can reach us on 01242 964417.

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