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Rental Property Fire Safety

In recent months there have been a significant number of prosecutions of landlords for breaches of fire safety in rental properties.  Over the past few days, fines have come to light ranging from £8000 - £15000 .  The question needs to be asked "Is it worth the risk of putting people at risk for a a few extra quid on the bottom line?"

Landlords have an important responsibility towards the occupants of their properties, and advice is available in documents such as "Fire Safety in Purpose Built Blocks of Flats" ,  The Reform Order for Fire, the Government Guides and the LaCors Guide.

Legislation governing a Landlord's responsibilities include:

  • The Housing Act 2004: part 1 – housing health and safety rating system 52
  •  The Housing Act 2004: part 2 – licensing of houses in multiple occupation 55
  •  Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation Regulations 2006 59
  •  The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 59
  •  The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 61
  •  The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 61
  •  Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994

The Landlord Zone also contains very useful and concise direction.

However despite the availability of information, Landlords are still ignoring their responsibilities.  Additionally, the local fire services are more than happy to visit a property in order to advise landlords on what they should be doing.

Fire safety is the responsibility of all, Landlords, occupants and visitors.  Getting it right first time saves lives.

If you are a landlord or tenant are you need help understanding and applying the relevant standards, call Fire Fire Safety Specialists Ltd on 01246 434 314.

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