by Daniel Jones
People letting properties to residential tenants have been offered new fire safety guidance from the Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services (LACORS).
The guidance, which is also aimed at tenants, provides practical advice on how to prevent fires from breaking out in the home and how to carry out fire risk assessments.
It will apply to all existing residential properties, including family homes, shared houses, flats and bedsits, although it does not affect new properties built to modern construction standards.
LACORS points out that landlords and letting agents who follow the guidance will be "well placed to satisfy requirements set out under fire safety legislation".
Geoffrey Theobald, chairman of LACORS, said tenants signing tenancy agreements have the right to expect that their accommodation is safe and landlords must make sure they have the correct fire safety measures in place.
Fire safety is just one aspect of the law that tenants and people letting property need to be aware of. New licensing laws for houses in multiple occupation and the requirement to provide an Energy Performance Certificate are two recent legal developments.
Published on: July 23, 2008