Fire safety is one of the top searches on the RLA website, with many landlords contacting the advice team in the wake of the devastating blaze at Grenfell Tower this summer.
In response to this the RLA has created new look and fully up-to-date fire safety pages, including videos and interactive resources to help landlords do everything possible to keep their tenants safe and details of the government’s response to the Grenfell tragedy.
It has reassured members that many will not be affected by the Government’s response to Grenfell Tower with the ACM cladding however, it is supporting the Government in its efforts to improve fire safety .
The association has also updated its Property Fire Risk Assessment Form.
It is advising members that they should only use this form and complete their own risk assessment if they are ‘competent’ to do so and if they are assessing a single dwelling.
An assessment for a HMO or flats should be carried out by a qualified professional. However we would suggest members should be looking at the last time they had a risk assessment undertaken.
Included in the new offering is compliance video tutorial by RLA Director and trainer Carrie Kus. The video gives a step-by-step demonstration, showing residential landlords how to identify potential fire hazards during a walk through of a rental home.
It also gives practical advice and solutions to ensure your property is compliant with the most recent fire safety guidance, based, in the main, on the LACORS guidance.
Please be aware that the content of the video is based on guidance only. Local fire safety regulations may change across areas and also if your property has additional licensing conditions.
New guides added to the site include:
- DCLG – UPDATE on interim mitigation required pending remediation of cladding for building owners
- The Government’s Building Safety Programme in response to Grenfell Tower
- Fire Safety Compliance
- Guidance on fire safety in individual flats
- Key advice for Private Landlords on Fire Precautions
These guide are in addition to some of the previous RLA fire safety guidance that you may be already familiar with, including:
- Fire Safety for Furniture and Furnishings
- Fire Safety Legislation
- Housing Act 2004 – Unique property selector
- The RLA Safe and Secure Home
An overview of fire safety advice for residential landlords can be found here. And owners of apartments or purpose built flats may also find the Guidance on fire safety in individual flats useful.
We will continue to review the content of this section of the website given the current landscape after Grenfell.
In addition to the new guidance the RLA is now offering online and classroom fire safety training courses which cover:
- The different legislation relating to fire safety.
- The different building/property types and which pieces of the above legislation apply
- How to conduct fire risk assessments and protect both your tenants and your property from fire
- Practical tips on fire safety and with reference to the LACORS fire safety guide.
For more information on our training courses click here.