Standards for houses in multiple occupation (HMOs)

9. Furniture safety requirements

Landlords should ensure that all furniture provided in their premises complies with the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 (as amended).

These regulations set down levels of fire resistance for items of domestic upholstered furniture, furnishings and other products containing upholstery. They require that certain furniture included in accommodation that is made available for letting complies with the fire safety requirements detailed in the regulations.

All soft furnishings should be thoroughly checked for compliance. Where tenants wish to bring in their own furniture only those items complying with the Standards specified in the legislation should be permitted.

These Regulations are enforced by Trading Standards Departments and are included here for information purposes. Further information can be obtained from Local Trading Standards Departments or from the Institute of Trading Standards Administration.