Usually it’s the most explosive time of the year and skies across the UK are alight with colourful fireworks - this year will be a little different, though. With public firework and bonfire displays cancelled, you might be tempted to host your own celebration at home. If you're a tenant renting a property, here's what you should know before you light your sparklers...
While there aren’t any specific rules forbidding tenants from lighting fireworks in the garden of their rental property, they can be unpredictable and run the risk of causing complaints and damage. If you’re planning on hosting your own Guy Fawkes event this year and you’re living in rented accommodation, here are our top tips to ensure you still have a bright, firework-filled night, without any repercussions.
1. Safety comes first
Remember that you are responsible for the actions of anybody you’ve invited into your rented property, so therefore it’s up to you to ensure everyone is safe. Ensure you have fire precautions in case your bonfire gets a bit lively, and make sure everyone is stood well back (or even suggest you watch from inside instead, if the alcohol is flowing).
Bonfire Night also acts as a timely reminder to test your smoke alarms – functioning alarms could make a huge difference in the event of any accidents, such as a stray firework igniting leaves gathered in the gutters.
2. Remain respectful of others
If you live in a busy residential area occupied with lots of children, pets and elderly people, try to remain respectful by hosting a party of reasonable proportions. Where possible, avoid hour-long displays and try to intersperse super loud rockets with Catherine wheels and other quieter alternatives. This is particularly important if you plan to have more than one firework celebration.
3. Prepare your bonfire carefully
If your garden or terrace is part of a rented property then you will be responsible for returning it in the same order as when you moved in. Therefore, if you’re having a bonfire, position it in such a way that it won’t catch alight to any fencing or plants in the vicinity. Any singed grass will also need patching up, so it could be worth budgeting for repairs when considering your event. If you don’t want to take any chances when it comes to accidental damage then opt for a brazier or a fire pit instead.
4. Try to avoid party damage
Whilst your guests are sure to enjoy your fireworks from outside, consider protecting your landlord’s flooring on the inside - or you could be liable for the damage when you leave at the end of the tenancy. Simple steps such as laying plastic sheeting or implementing a ‘no shoe’ rule could be the difference between ruined carpets and having your tenancy deposit returned.
5. Invite some of the neighbours
This is a great opportunity for you to get to know some of your neighbours, especially if you’ve recently moved into your rental property. It also reduces the need for every property in your road to have a fireworks display.
But if you’re not sure you want to invite them, at least notify them that you’re having a party, and give an idea of what time you plan on hosting your fireworks display. By offering this courtesy, you’re likely to receive far fewer complaints and will maintain a good relationship with your neighbours.
Still got questions surrounding your responsibilities as a tenant? If you’re renting one of Romans’ Fully Managed properties, contact your Property Manager with any outstanding queries surrounding your plans this Bonfire Night.
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