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FIRE SAFETY

Fire Safety Regualtions in Rental Property

There are no specific regulations concerning fire safety in rental property under the law in England & Wales, unless the rental property is classified as an HMO (House in Multiple Occupation). In which case the Fire Safety Order 2005 introduced certain duties for landlords to perform a Risk Assessment on their HMO in respect to fire safety in their property.

Regulations however do now apply to any furniture and furnishings and fire alarms supplied by a landlord. I would advise landlords to discuss any concerns they might have regards the fire safety of a rental property with their local fire prevention officer, making sure toand follow any advice given.

The Regulation of Fire Alarms at a Rental Property

All properties built after June 1992 are required by the Building Regulations to have a mains operated inter-connected smoke alarm fitted on every floor.  Older properties do not have to comply with these regulations, but landlords would be well advised to provide at least battery operated smoke alarms. 

It is important for landlords have it determined who is responsible for the testing and maintaining the smoke alarms, whether the landlord, letting agent or tenant. If the letting agent is to be responsible, this should be noted in the management contract. If the tenant is to be made responsible for this then adequate warnings must be given in writing by the landlord. 

My advice would be for landlords to include a document with the clear instruction that tenants need to test and be responsible for the the replacemnt of any batteries required by the fire alarm. This instruction sheet should be included alongside the copy of the tenancy agreement, the property inventory and any appliance operating instructions, or emergency procedures information as part as a moving in pack given to tenants.

Fire Extinguishers in a Rental Property

There is no compulsory requirement for landlords to provide fire extinguishers or fire blankets in normal tenanted properties, but again, this may be a wise precaution by landlords, at least in the kitchen area. 

If a landlord does make the commitment to provide fire extinguishers to a rental property, they need to be aware that they should arrange for a 12 monthly service of the equipment to make sure that they are not held responsible for any faults in the equipment. By providing a fire extinguisher it becomes their responsibilty to have it regularly serviced. 

More on safety regulations in a rental property

General safety in a rental property

Electric safety in a rental property

Gas safety in a rental property

Furniture regulations in a rental property

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Comments (4)

what a waste of space
checking on line to find fire regulations. found this site. tells me to check with a local fire prevention specialist. why bother with this site then? ohhhhh advertisng!!
#1 - waste of time - 05/01/2012 - 15:29
Fire Doors
We have been told by the local authoriy that we have to change the internal door from the living room to the small hall into a 30 minute fire door and frame. Its a small 2 bed back to back house. I cannot see a legal regulation for this. Anybody got any advise. Thanks
#2 - Dawn Foster - 12/21/2012 - 14:34
allowable expenses
Are 1. the installation of new, or 2. the upgrading of Fire and Safety equipment an allowable expense against income for Landlords?
#3 - Mike Roberts - 01/11/2013 - 09:17
fire safety
we have a neighbour who is part owner of a house that is divided into 3 flats, she is demanding access through our back garden in order to carry out works to conform with fire safety regs, what works is she referring to? Is she obliged to fit a fire escape to the rear of the property? If not then why would she need access?
#4 - Ashley - 12/01/2013 - 19:03
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