Are you a Landlord? Do you own an HMO (House in Multiple Occupancy)? Do you require Fire Risk Assessment for Flats?
Landlords/HMO owners are required to make sure all occupants are safe from fire. Carrying out a building fire risk assessment can help you identify all fire hazards and where they lie and provide recommendations to prevent fire incidents. Landlords are not required or expected to train tenants in fire safety, but a fire risk assessment will aid you and your tenants to know the building is safe.
Under the Housing Act 2004 and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, HMOs are required to undertake fire risk assessments and review on a regular basis, it is recommended fire risk assessment reviews are carried out on an annual basis.
Fire Risk Assessment for Flats require the communal areas of the building (i.e. the shared areas including shared stairways, landings, kitchens, bathrooms etc) to be fire risk assessed under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order.
Alternatively, you maybe a landlord of an multi occupied office block. The landlord and tenants both have a responsibility for the fire safety of the building. The landlord or potentially a managing agent of the premise will be responsible for ensuring all fire regulations are complied with in the communal area of which a building fire risk assessment will required to be carried out in the communal areas only. Tenants of the building are also required to carry out a fire risk assessment of the areas they occupy only. Landlords may require keeping a copy of these. If you require a building fire risk assessment, please contact a member of our team.