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Second hand sofas no fire safety label?

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I purchased 2 second hand, reupholstered sofas from a private seller. They do not appear to have fire safety labels. My question is, is this illegal? 

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It is a mute point whether a private seller is subject to Fire safety of furniture and furnishings in the home A Guide to the UK Regulations but I believe he/she does therefore the sale is illegal, try reporting it to the https://www.gov.uk/find-local-trading-standards-office see what they have to say.

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I feel I should point out that as a private individual it seems you can sell a sofa with no fire safety label, solely because you are a private individual. Merseyside firebrigade say so.

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The Regulations apply to anyone supplying old or new furniture in the course of a business

It clearly states business, it then goes onto say

They do not apply when furniture is simply given away or sold by private individuals.

Taken from the official merseyside fire brigade page Here

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That is a reasonable interpretation of the regulations but it could be argued that is fine when you are acquiring it (buying it) not when you are selling it.

The problem is that it is badly written and composed, that is why they are revising it but taking their time to implement it, why?  

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