As letting agents we are frequently asked by landlords, ‘Do I really have to put smoke alarms up in my rental properties?’
Building regulations require that all properties built after June 1992 must have a mains-operated inter-connected smoke alarm fitted on every level of the property. Older properties do not have to comply, but in our opinion, landlords would be well advised to provide at least battery operated smoke alarms in their rental properties.
We are aware that Landlords are under a common law duty to ensure that the rental properties they provide are safe. All residential properties in England and Wales should comply with building regulations on aspects such as:
Means of emergency escape, particularly where sleeping accommodation is provided on 2nd and 3rd floors.
Fire doors and emergency exits, passages and escape routes.
Fire alarms and fire extinguishers.
Local Building Inspectors and Fire Prevention Officers will advise landlords on these aspects. As a minimum, landlords should remove potentially dangerous appliances and heaters and fit smoke alarms. A kitchen fire blanket should also be provided.
Furniture and furnishings supplied in rental property must comply with The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 (as amended). Failure to comply with the regulations is a criminal offence and may result in:
- A fine of £5,000 per item not complying
- Six month's imprisonment
Furniture which complies carries a manufacturer's label which must be permanent and non-detachable. All upholstered items must have fire resistant filling material.
In our opinion, any expenses a landlord incurs in improving the safety of their rental properties is money well spent, and we would take the time to make tenants aware of fire escapes, where the smoke alarms are in their rented property and try to improve the private rented sector contributing to increase fire safety.
LANDLORDS - For more advise on preparing your property for the rental market, contact us today, 0161 773 0949 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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