Thursday, 16 April 2015

The fire regulations are changing, are your tenanted properties prepared?

Keeping on top of changing legislation can be a challenge for any property investor or manager. At David Phillips, we try to stay on top of government proposals and law making to make sure we’re in the know, and help you to meet and hopefully exceed your legal obligations.

Landlord Fire Regulation Changes

Last month, Housing Minister Brandon Lewis announced new measures for landlords in the private rental sector, with legislation coming into effect as soon as 10th October 2015. The Minister’s plans would make it a requirement for all landlords to not only fit smoke detectors on all floors, and carbon monoxide detectors in any room with a solid fuel appliance; but also to test that these detectors are fully functional at the beginning of each new tenancy. Landlords who do not do this could face a fine of up to £5000. Owners of HMOs are already legally required to install a mains operated smoke detector system that has a central control panel connected to individual detectors in each occupant’s room. The Government has estimated that this change could prevent up to '26 deaths and 670 injuries' caused by house fires each year. Last year in Great Britain, the Government recorded 322 fatal and 9,748 non-fatal injuries caused by house fires. Fire Minister Penny Mordaunt said that tenants are '4 times more likely to die in a fire in a home that has no working alarm.'

David Phillips have been ahead of this legislation for years - supplying landlords and property managers with a comprehensive fire safety pack, helping to drive up the standards within the private rental sector as much as we can. Our essential fire safety packs can be purchased online and not only include smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, but also fire blankets and fire extinguishers.

For more information on David Phillips safety products visit our website: David Phillips Essential Safety Pack or contact a member of our sales team on