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Whether you're planning to rent out a property or you're a tenant, you should be aware of the legal obligations a landlord has concerning fire safety precautions.
Under the Housing Act 2004, landlords are legally required to:
The law is different if you live in/or rent out a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO). You may live in/or rent out a House of Multiple Occupation if:
The most common types of HMO are shared flats and houses, but they also include:
If a property is classed as a House of Multiple Occupation, by law the landlord must:
If you're a tenant, you need to ask your landlord the following questions and if you're renting out your property, you need to make sure you can answer 'yes' to these questions:
For further information on the legal responsibilities of landlords visit www.communities.gov.uk.
If you're a tenant and your landlord isn't providing adequate fire precautions, the Environmental Health Officer at your local council will be able to advise you on the next steps and can make them comply with the law.
Remember though, never compromise your own safety. Do some checks yourself if your landlord won't - it's your life at risk!