Furnishing Advice

Since 1st January 1997, all furniture provided in furnished rented accommodation - houses, flats and bedsits - must meet the fire resistance requirements of the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations, 1988.

What products do the Regulations cover?

Any of the following: which contain upholstery:

  • beds, mattresses and headboards

  • sofa beds, futons and other convertibles

  • nursery furniture

  • scatter cushions, seat pads and pillows

  • garden furniture intended for use in a dwelling

  • loose and stretch covers for furniture

The regulations do not apply to:

  • sleeping bags or loose covers for mattresses

  • bed clothes (including duvets) and pillow cases

  • carpets and curtains All furniture and loose and stretch covers must carry a permanent label attached showing the item complies with the Regulations.

Properties cannot be let through Oasis Living when containing noncompliant furniture. If you require advice or further information about whether furniture complies with the Regulations, you should consult Oasis Living. The responsibility for compliance with the Regulations rests with the person letting the accommodation - this can be estate agents, letting agents, landlords or property managers.