The regulations apply to all upholstery and upholstered furniture and loose fittings, permanent or loose covers to include beds, mattresses, pillows, settees, armchairs, scatter cushions and beanbags. This is not, however, an exhaustive list. Particular exclusions to note are carpets and curtains.
All furniture and furnishings introduced into a let property must comply with the regulations.
Furniture that was manufactured before 1st January 1950 does not need to comply with the regulations, as apparently the defective flammable materials were not in use prior to 1950. This therefore exempts 'period' or antique furniture.
The offence carries a punishment of 6 months imprisonment or a 'level 5' fine, currently £5,000 or both. These penalties are only for non-compliance. Should there be a fire at the property and it can be proven that the non-compliant furniture aggravated the fire, the landlord could be held liable, and the penalties greater.