Thursday, 11 August 2011

Landlord is liable for fire risk in flat

The common areas of leasehold properties and houses of multiple occupancy are covered under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

landlords – or whoever is the freehold owner of the building – is responsible for carrying out a fire-risk assessment and for addressing any issues that it raises. Visit and look for the guide entitled Fire Safety Risk Assessment – Sleeping Accommodation. Ask to see the landlord’s risk assessment. If he can’t produce one and refuses to carry out one, ask the fire and rescue authority to pay the property a visit.

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