As a landlord, you have a number of obligations, including responsibility for the safety of your tenants. This guide outlines your responsibilities and how to minimise and prevent the risk of fire.
You should do everything that could reasonably be expected of you to protect your tenants. If you are a landlord of houses in multiple occupation (HMO) there are higher levels of safety regulations that need to be adhered to.
Landlords, it is well worth acquainting yourself with the fire safety regulations for rented properties that you need to be aware of, for as well as protecting your tenants, fire claims can be extremely costly. In 2017, approximately 27% of claims experienced with a high reserve were as a result of a fire, with the highest fire claim worth £165,000.
Common causes of fire include candles, appliances being left on, overuse of extension leads, cigarettes, deep fat frying pans and portable heaters.
By law rental properties must have:
Fire Risk Assessments
Access to fire escape routes at all times
Fire safe furniture and furnishings
Fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors