Landlords warned over fire safety

Landlords are being urged to ensure they meet fire regulations as the number of people in the rental sector increases.
We are warning of the dangers of failing to meet legal standards under The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
Barry Lee, who is one of our expert and BAFE-approved fire alarm and emergence lighting designers, said: “Avoidable deaths by fire have again been highlighted by coroners’ inquests.
“A jury at a recent inquest into a blaze at Lakanal House in Camberwell ruled the deaths of six people were preventable and found ‘serious failures’ in the local council’s construction of the south London tower block.
“A coroner also raised concerns after hearing that the fire alarm system had not been working properly before the death of architect Sophie Rosser in another fire in London.
“These tragic deaths underline the importance of local authorities and private landlords meeting their obligations under The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.”
The warning also comes as the Government invests £1billion in a Build to Rent Fund as it estimates that the private rented sector has grown to 16.5 % of all households nationwide – accounting for about 3.8 million homes.
Barry added: “The size of private rented sector is increasing.
“Landlords and public authorities need to make sure they have annual fire risk assessments undertaken by competent fire risk assessors to meet all of the necessary requirements for particular properties.
“This should include as a minimum, fire compartmentation of buildings, escape travel distances, correct fire door ratings and operation, means of escape routes, fire alarms, smoke detectors and emergency lighting.
“Landlords and public authorities are urged to contact a British Approvals for Fire Equipment (BAFE) accredited company as soon as possible if they are in any doubt that they are not, or may not be compliant with The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.”
Most publicly accessible buildings fall under The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
Multi-tenant-occupancy buildings must also undergo fire risk assessments and meet the requirements of The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
We are a member of the Fire Industry Association (FIA) and one of the few BAFE-accredited companies in the Portsmouth area, with a varied client base including the Ministry of Defence, health authorities, schools and local authorities as well as landlords.
We have BAFE accreditation for the design of fire detection and fire alarm systems as well as emergency lighting. Our qualified team carry out fire risk assessments and will arrange for specialist contractors to undertake the upgrading and installation of fire safety measures.
Our professional team includes former fire officer Brian Edney, who is a Member of the Institute of Fire Prevention Officers and Institute of Fire Safety Managers; Horace McAndrew, a Member of the Institute of Engineering Technicians, who is a qualified electrical design engineer and BAFE approved fire alarm and emergence lighting designer; and Barry Lee MCIOB, MBeng and a BAFE approved fire alarm and emergence lighting designer.
Rents for flats in the Portsmouth area range from £525 per calendar month for a one-bedroom apartment to two-bedroom properties at £625 to £725. Three-bedroom flats can reach £925pcm.
If any multiplies of these are in one building they will be classed as multi occupancy buildings, and the owners local authorities or letting agents will need to be aware that they fall under The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, and will require a current fire risk assessment.

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