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General Product Safety 

Consumer Protection Act 1987
The General Product Safety Regulations 1994

Consumer Protection

Consumer protection legislation is generally outside of the advice that is provided generally by this website but you should be aware that the Consumer Protection Act imposes obligations on businesses to ensure that the products they supply in the course of their business – supply includes hire – are safe.

“Supply” includes doing any of the following whether as principal or as agent:

hiring or lending foods

Providing the goods in exchange for any consideration other than money

Providing the goods in (or in connection with) the performance of a statutory function

Giving food as a prize or otherwise making a gift of those goods

Where goods are supplied as part of the letting of accommodation, specific trading standards safety regulation will also apply.  It is therefore important that any contract between a property owner and the managing agent identifies who is responsible for these goods.

Agents may also be liable for the safety of goods in let holiday accommodation if the contract identifies them as the supplier of those goods.

Particular Guidance

Particular Reference should be had to the guidance on:

Electrical Appliances
Gas Appliances
Upholstered Furniture

See also: British and European Safety Marks

Other Products

The General Product Safety Regulation 1994 require all other goods not mentioned above, which are supplied in the course of a business to be reasonably safe.

In a holiday let, this would mean ensuring, for example, that all furniture is stable and sturdy, that ironing boards, clothes dryers and the like have no sharp edges and would not cause injury.

Package Travel

The Package Travel Regulations relate to “packaged holidays”.  A packaged holiday is one where several travel-related components are combined, for example travel arrangements combined with accommodation, or accommodation combines with a leisure activity.  Most providers of self catering holiday accommodation will be unaffected by the Regulations.  However, if you offer holiday accommodation combine with a holiday activity eg diving or sailing courses or organised tours or events, these regulations may affect your business and you should contact the Trading Standards team for further information and advice.

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Additional Reading

Glass in Furniture
Translucent Surfaces, Windows & Door Panels
Bunk Beds
Electric Blankets