Landlords face complex maze of fire safety laws

by Rachel Crook

The National Landlords Association (NLA) is urging landlords to seek advice on regulations related to fire safety.

Property owners should record their fire safety precautions in one logbook, like they do with their rent book, which will make it easier to ensure that safety measures are being implemented, the NLA suggests.

Such a logbook could also include records of safety checks undertaken, defective fire equipment and evidence of occasions when the fire alarm has been set off at the property.

David Salusbury, chairman of the NLA, says that fire safety must be taken seriously and the keeping of a logbook could also reassure tenants that the landlord is taking all the steps necessary to secure their wellbeing.

"Landlords face a complex maze of fire safety laws, with different legislation relevant to specific property types," he adds, which may make it important to study which regulations are relevant to their property so that they stay on the right side of the law.

Official figures show that there were 36,500 accidental fires in the home during 2006/07.

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Published on: February 17, 2009

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