Fire and Rescue Authorities are calling for laws obliging all landlords to install fire alarms

Fire and Rescue Authorities are calling for laws obliging all landlords to install fire alarms

Fire and Rescue Authorities (FRAs) in England and Wales are calling for a law passed in 2013 to be enacted so all private landlords must install smoke alarms or face a fine.

Currently, only landlords renting out houses in multiple occupation are obliged to install smoke alarms. The legislation requiring landlords to install fire alarms in all properties went to consultation in 2013 and has not yet been brought into force.

Due to the lack of legislation there are 3.5 million smaller private rental homes in the UK that do not legally have to install fire alarms in their rented property, despite data showing that occupants are at least four time more likely to die in a blaze without a working fire alarm.

Mark Cashin, Chair of CFOA’s Home Safety Committee DCFO said: “While death and injuries from fires have reduced considerably in recent years, the majority of victims continue to be those who are most vulnerable, often living in private rented accommodation.

“This change would improve the safety of families and stop dozens of people from losing their lives to fire each year. The cost to landlords is small, with a ten year sealed alarm costing around £15.”

Mandatory smoke alarms are set to be a key issue at the Local Government Association’s annual fire conference in Gateshead (March 10-11) and the LGA’s new report ‘The Fire and Rescue Service: Making our Nation Safer’.

This document lays out a series of proposals for the next government on how fire and rescue services can improve fire safety and save the public purse money.

Cllr Jeremy Hilton, Chair of the LGA’s Fire Services Management Committee, added: “Many people will be shocked that most landlords are not obliged to install smoke alarms. The current laws are outdated and inadequate – and without question lives are being put at risk.

“While the majority of private landlords are reputable and voluntarily install alarms, there are a small minority who don’t, needlessly putting lives at risk. They have a duty of care to ensure their tenants are safe. This is why we are calling on the Government to enact the law and ensure all private landlords install smoke alarms – and save hundreds of lives every year.

“In the meantime, we would urge anyone who hasn’t got one fitted already to make sure they are not needlessly putting themselves at risk of the death and destruction fire can cause by getting in touch with their local fire & rescue service requesting a home safety check.”

Let us know your thoughts below. Would more safety regulation be welcomed in the private rented sector or simply mean more red tape for good landlords whilst rogue landlords continue to trade outside of the law?

Read more discussions on fire safety within the PRS;

Developing an HMO – how to get it right. Part 5 Fire Safety Means of Escape Regulations: here

Tenant sets flat on fire day before eviction: here

Fire Services may start charging private landlords for false alarms: here

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Fire and Rescue Authorities (FRAs) in England and Wales are calling for a law passed in 2013 to be enacted so all private landlords must install smoke alarms or face a fine.

Currently, only landlords renting out houses in multiple occupation are obliged to install smoke alarms. The legislation requiring landlords to install fire alarms in all properties went to consultation in 2013 and has not yet been brought into force.

Due to the lack of legislation there are 3.5 million smaller private rental homes in the UK that do not legally have to install fire alarms in their rented property, despite data showing that occupants are at least four time more likely to die in a blaze without a working fire alarm.

Mark Cashin, Chair of CFOA’s Home Safety Committee DCFO said: “While death and injuries from fires have reduced considerably in recent years, the majority of victims continue to be those who are most vulnerable, often living in private rented accommodation.

“This change would improve the safety of families and stop dozens of people from losing their lives to fire each year. The cost to landlords is small, with a ten year sealed alarm costing around £15.”

Mandatory smoke alarms are set to be a key issue at the Local Government Association’s annual fire conference in Gateshead (March 10-11) and the LGA’s new report ‘The Fire and Rescue Service: Making our Nation Safer’.

This document lays out a series of proposals for the next government on how fire and rescue services can improve fire safety and save the public purse money.

Cllr Jeremy Hilton, Chair of the LGA’s Fire Services Management Committee, added: “Many people will be shocked that most landlords are not obliged to install smoke alarms. The current laws are outdated and inadequate – and without question lives are being put at risk.

“While the majority of private landlords are reputable and voluntarily install alarms, there are a small minority who don’t, needlessly putting lives at risk. They have a duty of care to ensure their tenants are safe. This is why we are calling on the Government to enact the law and ensure all private landlords install smoke alarms – and save hundreds of lives every year.

“In the meantime, we would urge anyone who hasn’t got one fitted already to make sure they are not needlessly putting themselves at risk of the death and destruction fire can cause by getting in touch with their local fire & rescue service requesting a home safety check.”

Let us know your thoughts below. Would more safety regulation be welcomed in the private rented sector or simply mean more red tape for good landlords whilst rogue landlords continue to trade outside of the law?

Read more discussions on fire safety within the PRS;

Developing an HMO – how to get it right. Part 5 Fire Safety Means of Escape Regulations: here

Tenant sets flat on fire day before eviction: here

Fire Services may start charging private landlords for false alarms: here

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

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