/ Wood burning stove in a rental property
I noticed that the property had a wood burning stove which is all very nice, but a slight concern I had was that it was carpeted right up to the base of the wall where the stove was. They've asked the letting agent whether they'll put a hearth in as they're concerned that any soot or ash that escapes from the stove while it's being cleaned may mark the carpet. They're also a bit worried that any embers that fall out could be a safety risk. Chances are the worst that'll happen is it'll singe the carpet but thats not great if you're expecting to get a deposit back after a few years!
The letting agent/landlord have said that they won't put anything in as they don't want to change any of the decor but they're happy for them to put a rug in front of it or even plonk a slab of marble down in front of it.
Are the landlords duty bound to do anything about this or is it a fuss about nothing?
I'd have to dig it out, but there is a good guide online somewhere to the Health & Safety responsibilities of a landlord (we had issues with a previous one). The basics were that it is their responsibility to ensure that the property is safe. If you can show that the burner wouldn't meet current regs, then they would be duty bound to sort it.
In reality, if your friend kicks up a fuss now, then they aren't likely to be offered tenancy. They could always ignore it now, and kick up a fuss when there is a contract. But then the easiest option would be for the landlord to release them early from it, and find someone who won't kick up a fuss.
That probably doesn't help...
It's a new build and the stove was part of the design. Just figured the sensible thing would have been to bung a stove in. Marble hearths aren't too expensive either, worst comes to the worst it might be a case of forking out for one anyway and sorting it out with the landlord at a later date.
Many thanks for that. Does it make any difference if it's built in rather than free standing?
That's it, slightly smaller than that if memory serves correctly but pretty much bang on.
> It's a new build and the stove was part of the design. Just figured the sensible thing would have been to bung a stove in. Marble hearths aren't too expensive either, worst comes to the worst it might be a case of forking out for one anyway and sorting it out with the landlord at a later date.
he should have had something put in then. but as someone else says if you kick off now he simply wont rent to you, unless you threaten to report him?
> Many thanks for that. Does it make any difference if it's built in rather than free standing?
"The stove must sit on a hearth of non-combustible material extending a minimum of 150mm (6") out from the stove at the sides and 300mm (12") in front."
Still need 200mm distance from nearest combustible. Although pics don't show it still says 300mm heath required if not bigger if the burner is a good way off floor.
> "The stove must sit on a hearth of non-combustible material extending a minimum of 150mm (6") out from the stove at the sides and 300mm (12") in front."
For these insert burners - they are mounted on non-combustibles within the chimney already.
So at the very least it needs to be a bare wood floor as in the pictures or a proper hearth?
Thanks, appreciate your help with that. I'll pass it on.
You're right to be concerned. I have 16 inches in front of mine and dirt still gets on the rug. Embers can spit out a good 2 or 3 feet.
Make sure you also get the landlord to get it swept first - a good sweep will identify and problems.
I'm not saying it is, just checking the H&S aspects of it. Last thing they need is the landlord saying they'll keep some of their deposit when it comes to moving out time.
I'd be very surprised if it is HETAS installed or has passed building regs. If they've screwed that up, what else is substandard about the installation? Definitely would get a sweep in to check it out.
Part J of the building regs is your friend's friend - has all the relevant information.
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