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Landlords and fire safety: understand your responsibilities

The responsibilities of residential landlords have been very much to the forefront of the news recently, specifically following the catastrophic events at Grenfell Tower. Whatever type of landlord you are – even if you just let out a single dwelling – you need to be aware of what is required of you to ensure your tenants are safe from fire.

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) represents 30,000 landlords across the UK, offering advice and information as well as campaigning on their behalf. We’ve written about them in the past, particularly when they intervened in the Flood Re debate, asking for a ‘Flood Re 2’ to cover landlords.

Over the last few months, the RLA has experienced a huge rise in the number of landlords who have been contacting it for advice about fire safety. As a result, it has launched an online interactive course which can be accessed by both members and non-members. In particular it focuses on the very complicated legislation that applies to fire safety in the private rented sector, which varies according to the type of building involved and how it is leased out.

It specifically covers:

  • The different legislation that applies to fire safety including Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, HMO (Houses in Multiple Occupancy) Manager regulations, and Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) regulations 2005.
  • How this legislation applies to different building/property types.
  • Conducting fire risk assessments and how to protect your tenants and property.
  • Practical tips on fire safety.

This online course costs from £16 for members and £20 for non members. It would seem like money well spent.

The RLA has also produced a really useful document which summarises a landlord’s responsibilities and the relevant legislation that applies to fire safety. It also has many other guides on its website about other aspects of keeping tenants safe. You can find details about all of these here.

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