Fire safety – making sure your tenants are safe

4 Feb 2020 03:39 PM

In the year ending June 2019, 215 people lost their lives due to house fires – including tenants in rented homes.

In response to this the Home Office has re-launched its fire safety campaign – including information and advice for landlords and tenants.

Landlords’ obligations

As a landlord you must:

New electrical safety standards

Faulty electrics cause about 4,000 fires in the home each year.

The government announced five-year safety checks will be mandatory for landlords for all new tenancies from July 1 this year.

This will be rolled out to all existing tenancies from April 2021.

The new regulations will requiring pre-tenancy and five yearly checks of all fixed appliances and wiring and landlords failing to comply with the new rules will face fines of up to £30,000.

House fires – the causes

Overloading electrical sockets, leaving pans on the hob unattended and putting electrical heaters too close to laundry are among the hazards flagged by the Home Office.

Home office advice     

The campaign is advising people to:

This is all advice that can also be passed to tenants.

More information

The RLA has a guide for landlords, giving an overview of fire safety legislation and guidance, as well as practical tips on keeping tenants safe.

It also runs two fire safety courses, classroom course Complete Fire Safety and eLearning course Foundation Fire Safety.

The government also has a leaflet on fire safety in shared or rented accommodation, which can be accessed here.

The RLA promotes #testittuesday, a social media campaign encouraging people to get into the habit of checking alarms once a week.