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Do not make visits to other people's homes or gardens. Restrictions on care home visiting are not being relaxed. Those who are shielding should continue to take extra care.

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2. Safety and hazards

Hazards can include: inadequate heating, damp and mould growth, dangerous stairs, exposed electric wiring

All gas appliances and pipe work in the property must be checked every year by a Gas Safe Registered contractor. The gas engineer must issue a certificate to confirm that this is safe. If the gas engineer finds anything that is unsafe, the landlord must fix it.

All furniture in the property must meet current fire safety regulations

All electrical equipment must be safe.

It is highly recommended that landlords carry out a fire safety risk assessment. Landlords must then reduce fire hazards by installing suitable fire detection equipment.

Houses in Multiple Occupation are governed by additional laws regarding fire precautions.

Oldham Council has powers to reduce or remove hazards on privately rented properties.