Fire safety measures are an important consideration for all rented property, as fire is more likely to occur in a rented property than in an owner-occupied home. The risk of a fire increases with the number of occupants and the government recognises that there is a particular risk of fire in houses in multiple occupation (HMO), especially if the tenants do not know each other.
Fire is one of the hazards identified by the housing health and safety rating system (HHSRS), which means landlords must assess the risk of fire in rented property and provide appropriate measures to minimise that risk. A combination of automatic fire detection and structural fire precautions may be necessary to address fire safety, depending on the size, type, and occupancy of the property. In addition, emergency lighting and other fire precautions may be needed.
The following guidance document on fire safety provisions for certain types of existing housing produced by LACORS is used by both local authorities and fire authorities, when drawing up the schedule of fire safety works.
Guidance on fire safety provisions (pdf 1mb)
The BSI Group website can offer further information on the Kitemark Scheme BS 5839-6 Fire detection and fire alarm systems for buildings - Part 6: Code of practice for the design, installation, and maintenance of fire detection and fire alarm systems in dwellings.
BSI Group (external website)
Landlords should also be aware that a written fire risk assessment is a requirement for all HMOs. The following fire risk assessment document on the Humberside Fire and Rescue Service website, can be used to assist in producing a risk assessment for a HMO:
Fire Risk Assessement Form (pdf 172kb)
More information on fire risk assessments can be obtained by contacting Humberside Fire and Rescue Service:
Humberside Fire and Rescue Service (external website)