Government offers guidance to landlords on fire safety
Fire safety in communal dwellings has been a topic on everyone’s lips of late, and now the government has touched on the fire safety obligations of landlords in private rented properties.
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), represented by Marcus Jones MP, said: “All homes should be of a reasonable standard and all tenants should have a safe place to live.”
He continued: “Under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, landlords have a general obligation to ensure that they keep in repair the structure and exterior of any property they rent out.”
Jones also reiterated the power held by local authorities to serve landlords with an ‘Improvement Notice’ if required, encouraging landlords to make sure their properties are well-maintained and a safe place for tenants to call home.
Landlords are also advised to check white goods and appliances for defects, and make sure all appliances are registered with the manufacturers.
Jones commented: “The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 places a duty on housing providers to undertake a fire risk assessment of the common parts of their properties and to put in place and maintain adequate fire precautions to manage the risk that lives could be lost in a fire.”
From faulty electrics to potential fire hazards, landlords need to make sure their properties are safe and meet the health and safety standards required of private rented homes.
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