Landlord Law

4.3.6.1 Fire safety and testing

4 Property management
4.3 Tenancy management
4.3.6 Services
4.3.6.1 Fire safety and testing
You should have regard to the Local Government Association (LGA) LACORS Housing – Fire safety guidance.  For larger buildings such as HMOs and buildings with common parts, you should have regard to the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) document Fire safety risk assessment: sleeping accommodation.

Where recommended in accordance with the above guidance, fire extinguishers and fire blankets should be provided and must comply with current British Standards. Where they are required they must be provided, including complying with HMO licence conditions.

Where required (any building where there are common parts) you must ensure that a fire risk assessment is carried out to identify and evaluate all fire risks to which anyone legally allowed on the premises could be exposed.

You must ensure that any furniture provided by the landlord complies with current regulations for fire safety. All properties should be fitted with smoke detectors. Properties built after 1992 must be fitted with smoke
detectors. Detectors must:
• comply with current British Standards
• be installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations; and
• be kept in working order.

Tenants may be made responsible for replacing batteries by prior written agreement made at the start of the tenancy.