5 Top Tips – Looking After The Landlord

Whether you are the landlord of a property empire or just have the one House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) Fire safety legislation will apply to you. The legislation does however slightly differ depending on the type of dwelling you own

  1. Fire Safety Legislation – Which Regulations Apply to My Rental Property?

Houseshand-101003_1280

Rented shared house on joint tenancy by 3 more persons

  • The Smoke & Carbon Monoxide (England) Regulation 2015
  • HMO Management Regulations
  • Licensing Conditions

Bedsit occupied by 3 or more persons

  • The Smoke & Carbon Monoxide (England) Regulation 2015
  • Fire Safety Order 2005
  • HMO Management Regulations
  • Licensing Conditions (If in Selective Licensing Area)

Flats

Common Parts in Purpose Built Blocks
This is dependent on whether you are a leaseholder or freeholder. The fire safety responsibility lies with either the freeholder or the landlord who has responsibility for that part of the premises. They must comply with Fire Safety Order 2005.

Converted Flats

Is not an HMO

  • Fire Safety Order 2005

Is an HMO

  • Fire safety Order 2005
  • Management Regulations
  • Licensing Conditions (If in Selective Licensing Area)

Individual Self-Contained Flats (Dwelling Behind Flat’s Front Door)

Rented – joint tenancy with 3 or more unrelated occupiers

  • The Smoke & Carbon Monoxide (England) Regulation 2015
  • HMO Management Regulations
  • Licensing Conditions

Rented – bedsit with 3 or more occupiers

  • The Smoke & Carbon Monoxide (England) Regulation 2015
  • Fire Safety Order 2005
  • HMO Management Regulations
  • Licensing Conditions (If in Selective Licensing Area)

 

  1. Fire Risk Assessment

One shoe defiantly does not fit all when it comes to fire risk assessments. Every property owned by the same landlord requires an individual Fire Risk Assessments. One fire risk assessment for all properties under one landlord will NOT suffice.

In the light of the Grenfell tragedy, the RLA are recommending that your fire risk assessment is carried out by an experienced fire risk assessor to ensure the assessment faultless and thorough.

Upon completion of the fire risk assessment, a document will be produced highlighting any recommendations to make your property safer.

 

  1. Fire Alarms / Smoke Detectors

Landlords are legally and morally responsible for the safety of their properties when renting them out. It is crucial that you, as the landlord install fire alarms and smoke detectors which are up to British Standards. These should be installed on every floor of the property and tested by an experienced person at the start of the tenancy and by the residents/landlord at regular intervals throughout the tenancy.

If you are the freeholder of flat blocks or a property with a number of flats, It would also be advised to have your fire alarms monitored. This means if the worst was to happen, help would be on its way even if you are not in the area!

 

  1. Emergency Lights & Escape Routes

Escape routes should be the safest, most direct route out of the property. This means they should under no circumstances be obstructed. They should be clearly visible to the tenants with a sign showing an escape plan and emergency lighting illuminating the route. If there aren’t enough natural escape routes, you may need to install fire escape ladders.

The emergency lights come on in the event of a power outage and clearly light up the escape route, this means they need to be maintained and kept in good working order. If they were to fail in an emergency the tenant’s lives would be put at risk.

 

  1. Anything else I need to provide my tenants with to keep them safe?

Fire blankets and fire extinguishers should be provided, particularly in cooking areas. This allows the tenant to tackle a fire safely, preventing it from getting out of hand.

Escape windows can be installed to provide a means of escape if all other escape routes are blocked by fire.

Fire doors should be installed throughout the property to prevent the fire from spreading and an automatic door closure should be fitted on kitchen doors.

Are you a landlord who needs guidance or assistance with your fire safety? Maybe you need a fire risk assessment or a new fire alarm? Whatever your fire safety needs, we can help! Call us today on 0845 402 3045 or email sales@assured-ltd.co.uk

, , , , , , ,

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

logo1-bafe
logo2-fia
logo3-chas
logo4-access-control-cctv-systems
logo5-ssaib-logo Intruder
logo6-iso-9001-certificated
logo7-construction-line
logo8-ansul
logo9-safe-contractor
logo10-bifm