What do landlords need to know about Fire Regulations?

In October 2006, the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (England and Wales) became law. It replaces most previous fire safety legislation and applies to all non-domestic premises, including common parts of blocks of flats, and houses in multiple occupation (HMOs).

A landlord is also responsible for the communal areas of a house, block of flats, or an estate that residents use in common with other tenants, such as:

  • Entrance halls and foyers
  • Lifts and stairwells
  • Corridors and landings
  • Kitchens and bathrooms
  • Laundries
  • Gymnasiums
  • Swimming pools and other leisure facilities
  • Parking and refuse areas
  • Pathways
  • Gardens
Note that the law for communal areas is different for Scotland. Further information and guidance is available free from the gov.uk website.