If you are letting a property you want the peace of mind of knowing that all necessary safety checks and measures are in place. You want to make sure that you are fully compliant with the legislation, but also will be keen to ensure the safety and wellbeing of your tenants.
So it’s important for both tenants and property owners to know that Landlords have particular fire safety responsibilities in law and to take expert professional advice on the completion of a Fire Risk Assessment.
A landlord must:
follow safety regulations
provide a smoke alarm on each storey and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room with a solid fuel burning appliance (for example a coal fire or wood burning stove)
ensure safe access to escape routes at all times
make sure the furniture and furnishings supplied are fire safe
You should also be careful to keep records of Gas safe checks and electrical testing, and make sure that your Fire Risk Assessment covers common parts in shared buildings (like stairwells and shared exits).
If the property is let to 3 or more people who are living as separate households then the regulations relating to houses in multi occupation also apply. Specifically these require the provision of fire alarms and extinguishers.
If you’d like practical in person advice about how to make your rental property fire safe do get in touch. We can help with the completion of annual Fire Risk Assessments, offer advice on conversations or assistance with planning applications.