Most responsible landlords understand just how important it is to adopt a robust approach to fire safety.
Regardless of the type of property you rent, it’s your responsibility as a landlord to ensure the home is safe from fire for tenants.
Fail to comply with your legal obligations and the local authority has the power to issue a remedial action notice – and impose a fine of up to £5,000.
In a bid to drive up fire safety standards, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has created an independent guide to highlight simple procedures for landlords to follow.
Whilst it’s important to be fully accustomed with the regulations, the most-essential aspects for landlords are summarised below – or click to download the full RICS guide now!
Good fire safety practices for landlords
The number of fire-related deaths has gradually fallen by almost 60% in the UK during the past 40 years.
Despite this, official Home Office fire statistics show there were still 395 fatalities in 2017-18 – far too many.
According to RICS, this amount could be significantly reduced if the proper fire safety practices are followed.
Smoke alarm safety
· Smoke alarm must be fitted on each level of the property.
· Test all smoke alarms on the first day of new tenancy.
· For hearing impaired tenants, fit alarms with strobe light and/or vibration pads.
· Linking all smoke alarms so they go off together will also help to alert others.
Carbon monoxide alarms
· A carbon monoxide alarm fitted in every room with a solid fuel appliance installed.
· Test carbon monoxide alarms on first day of new tenancy.
· All furnishings provided must be fire-retardant and meet current safety regulations.
Gas appliance checks
· A Gas Safe-registered professional must service and check ALL gas appliances annually.
· Any provided appliances must carry the British Standard sign.
· All wiring and electrical installations should be tested regularly – at least every five years.
· Test all appliance and wiring every time a property is prepared for letting.
· Safety certificates must be available to tenants, showing dates when gas and electrical appliances checks were last conducted.
Help to minimise the fire risks you face
If you’re a landlord who’s struggling to comply with the latest fire safety regulations, we can help you understand and minimise the risks.
At Garness Jones, our dedicated residential lettings team are committed to providing the quality assistance you need to be a successful landlord.
For help and support, call 01482 564564 – we can help to manage single properties or portfolios of any size.
By Matt Johnson, Residential Lettings Manager
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