New Housing Standards Regulations for Rental Properties came into effect on 1st July 2017. The HOUSING (STANDARDS FOR RENTED HOUSES) REGULATIONS 2017 add to the previously existing standards and will backed up by increased levels of inspections and enforcement as per the governments rental strategy.
What is new?
- Every rental property must now be fitted with carbon monoxide alarms (where the property has an open fire or gas boiler)
- Where a window has an opening section through which a person may fall, and the bottom of the opening section is more than 1400mm above external ground level, suitable safety restrictors shall be fitted. Safety restrictors shall restrain the window sufficiently to prevent such falls.
What is required:
Every rental property must now have:
- A Fire Blanket & Fire Extinguisher
- Carbon Monoxide Alarm (Where applicable)
- Two 10 year lithium battery smoke alarms or mains wired smoke alarms
- Suitable Window Restrictors where required
How does this affect you?
Building regulations require all bedroom windows to have hinges that allow the window to open to 90° wide and, at the same time, prohibit locking handles. This is so that you have a large opening that is quick and easy to open in the event of a fire. The changes to the regulations mean that from July 2017 safety restrictors need to be fitted to most upstairs windows and some downstairs windows where the bottom of the window is 1.4 meters above the ground. In the average 3 bed semi 3 or 4 windows usually need to be restricted and the cost is usually €90 to €100.
For a number of years I have promoted the idea of fitting child safety locks and I am delighted that finally the law has changed to make this mandatory. I have personally fitted restrictors to two buildings AFTER a child has fallen from a window. Thankfully and miraculously both children survived relatively unharmed. I hope that landlords accept these new rules and ensure windows are made safe as soon as possible.
Of course this legislation only applies to rented accommodation. But if you have young children I would strongly urge you to have window restrictors or child safety locks fitted. We have a range of restrictors and child safety locks to make your windows safer for your children and still comply with fire regulations. All of our products allow the window to open a safe distance for fresh air, but prevent it opening wide enough that a child could fall out. Spring loaded hook restrictors will work with most aluminium, timber and PVC windows. They are simple, effective and robust. They also have the advantage of being concealed when the window is closed. Other child safety locks use a tether or similar surface mounted device to prevent the window opening beyond a set safe distance.
Ambassador Windows will be happy to advise you as to what child safety device is best suited to your windows. Whatever Child Safety Lock or Child Safety Restrictor that you choose, Ambassador Windows will supply and fit it for you.
Child safety restrictors are simple and inexpensive. We strongly recommend that all upstairs windows that are accessible to children are protected by some form of child safety device. Although you can buy child safety restrictors in many DIY stores, it is better to have a device fitted by a professional. This way you can be sure that you are getting the correct device and that it will be fitted properly. Every year children are badly injured and even killed because they have fallen from a window. Don’t wait, don’t put it off. Most of the child safety locks and child window safety restrictors that Ambassador Windows fit cost from as little as €25 supplied and fitted. There are also discounts where multiple parts are fitted.
- Concealed Hook Restrictor
- Tethered Window Restrictor