Landlords must ensure that the risk from fire is minimised. There should be a safe means of escape from the property, and a suitable detection and alarm should be fitted. Each property will be different, and a fire risk assessment may be required.
We have adopted the LACORS national guidance document 'Housing-Fire Safety'. It provides information for landlords of certain types of housing, including single household properties, houses in multiple occupation, and flats not complying with the 1991 Building Regulations.
Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO)
In addition to the Housing Act 2004, the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 introduced duties in relation to the common areas of some HMO's and flats. The duty is placed on the 'responsible person', who is required to carry out a fire risk assessment and take specific actions to minimise the risk of fire. These provisions are enforced by fire and rescue authorities.
See fire safety in shared or rented accommodation on GOV.UK for fire safety tips for people in shared or rented homes who are at greater risk from fire.