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 www.communities.gov.uk 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.