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  • Cupcakevelvet
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    Banning fan heaters?

    Hello today I had a room inspection and he tells me that my fan heater is banned as it could tip over so it is dangerous... and to go buy an oil based one. He told me to pack it away and not use it.

    I can not afford to buy a heater and the fan heater I have was given to me for free. The heater in the room is an absolute waste of time and doesn’t heat up for long periods, it will turn off and then I can not switch it on again. I believe he has said this because fan heaters are more expensive? I never leave it on when I’m in the room or if I’m going to sleep, only when I’m absolutely freezing and for a short time.

    i have read the terms and conditions and nowhere does it say the fan heater is banned. It does however say that electrical equipment should meet safety requirements by the act of parilament

    What are my rights? Are they allowed to verbally tell me that my fan heater is banned? (He also made a note of it)

  • Hollywood
    Interestingly, currently filling in details for landlord insurance with Hamilton Fraser Total Landlord (Add on this site) and I have to confirm their assumptions that "
    None of the properties contain portable gas or electric fan heaters"

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  • mind the gap
    Is the electricity included in your rent, or do you pay it on a meter/directly to the energy provider?

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  • nukecad
    Most modern fan (and infra red) heaters have a spring safety switch built into the base so that if it's possible for it to tip over, or if you lift them up, they cut out.
    The exception being flat, squat, ones that are stable by design so can't tip over.

    If your 'freebie' is an old one (or a cheap import) it may not have that safety switch and so be unsafe by modern standards.

    A bigger concern, especially in HMO's, is people trying to dry clothes too close to fan or infra-red heaters, the clothes can catch fire.
    That's they usual reason why they are not allowed by some landlords.

    While it's not ideal to dry clothes with an oil filled heater (condensation for one thing) it's less of a fire risk.

    If the cost of electricity is included in your rent then that may be his real objection, but as buzzard points out an electric oil filled heater can use the same as a fan heater.

    PS. It sounds like your room heater has a broken thermostat. - Which is why it turns off and you can't turn it back on (until it cools down again).
    You could ask the LL to get it fixed, always bearing in mind that he may have 'broken' it deliberately in the first place, to keep his heating costs down.
    (We ocassionally see LLs on here who admit they have set the thermostat very low, even to just frost protection, and locked it in place).

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  • buzzard1994
    Fan heaters are no more or less expensive than an oil filled radiator of similar KW rating. They can also tip over if not fixed to a wall.

    Can you prove it is electrically safe? What does your lease say - if this is a university owned room it's common to ban things that have not been safety tested (often, not always, at your expense.

    Any landlord can give notice to evict you without needing to give a reason.

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  • jpkeates
    Ask "him" on what basis he thinks he can ban things.]
    Fan heaters aren't any more likely to fall over than other things, and I can't imagine it would do much damage if it did.

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