Do landlords need to carry out fire risk assessments?

Landlords have certain legal obligations when it comes to fire safety and looking after the people who reside in their properties. The requirements differ depending on the type of property you own.

Current legislation states that landlords must carry out a fire risk assessment in all areas of their properties. The purpose is simple – to identify any fire hazards, determine who is at risk and decide what needs to be done to remove or reduce that risk.

Flat owners within premises where there is no landlord eg. 6 flats and a common area, lease or freehold, become ‘responsible persons’ and also need to ensure legislative requirements are met and maintained.

The Housing Act 2004 covers premises in mixed use where people are unrelated, live independently from one another and share common areas of the same building.

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 applies to inside any such dwelling (from 1 October 2015, private sector landlords will be required to have at least one smoke alarm installed on every storey of their properties and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room which contains a solid fuel burning appliance) (for example, coal fire, wood burning stove) – they must also make sure the alarms are in good working order on any change of tenancy.

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 is the legislation for the common areas of any such properties.

The LACORS (Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services) guide provides guidance on the need for a fire risk assessment and provides information about what a property requires to comply with fire safety legislation.

At the very least, as a landlord, you must ensure you have an adequate means of escape route from your properties in case of fire and appropriate smoke detection. It is down to the ‘responsible person’ to ensure this is in place and so if you are the owner, manager, agent or even own a flat you must find out who that responsible person is as it may be you.

Every property you rent out must have a fire risk assessment. Fire risk assessments should be completed by a competent person with sufficient knowledge, experience and qualifications. To summarise, a fire risk assessment should identify any fire hazards, identify any persons at risk, evaluate, remove, remove or protect from risk, record, plan, inform, instruct and train and finally review the assessment on at least an annual basis or if there have been any significant changes.

To find out more about our residential fire risk assessments please see


Richard Whale

IFEDA Membership

Whale Fire is delighted to announce we have been approved and accepted as a member of IFEDA (Independent Fire Engineering and Distributors). You can find us by clicking on the link below.

We have also opened a new office in Crawley, West Sussex and can also be contacted at the following address:

Whale Fire Limited
Basepoint Business Centre
Metcalf Way
West Sussex
RH11 7XX
Tel: 01293 972018

Stay safe


Richard Whale

Whale Fire Ltd

Tel: 020 7127 6843
Mob: 07590 762397

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015

The above regulations are due to come into operation on 1st October 2015. Given the importance of the issue, we feel that you should be fully informed and prepared.

Please note that the regulations apply to all tenancies and not just those that begin after 1st October.

Your obligations under the regulations :
•The landlord must install at least one smoke alarm on each storey of the property that is used as living accommodation (and this does include bathrooms) .
•The alarms can be battery operated or hardwired and must be in line with current British Standards.
•Landlords must install a carbon monoxide detector in any room that contains a solid fuel appliance. This includes coal or wood burning fires and wood burning stoves.

For tenancies that are granted on or after the 1st October - the landlord must make sure the alarms and detectors are fitted and are in working order.

For all existing tenancies including those that will be renewed or those that continue on a periodic basis - the landlord does not need to check detectors or alarms but must ensure they are provided and fixed in place.


Failure to comply with the regulations may result in a fine of up to £5000 for the landlord.

Here at Whale Fire, we provide fire risk assessments for the common parts of flats as per the legislation within the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. We can also provide tenant information sheets and can inform your tenants and landlords of this change to legislation.

Whale Fire sets standards for qualified assessors

It is essential that your fire risk assessment is completed by a qualified competent person. Here at Whale Fire, Director Richard Whale sets the standards high. He has recently upgraded his accreditations and now has a place on the Warrington Certified list of assessors (FRACS) – a link to which can be found below:

He can also be found on the NAFRAR list (The Nationally Accredited Fire Risk Assessors Register):

This risk register has been introduced by the Institute to ensure that those assessors who are eligible to register must have been through a process that proves their achievement at the highest standards and levels of competency for fire risk assessors that is available. This means that their experience and competency has been successfully examined and tested by an independent third party accreditation / certification scheme.

Why Whale Fire sets the standards

As Director of Whale Fire, it is my job to ensure the safety of the people I serve and the business they work for. That’s why you have full peace of mind knowing that all of our fire risk assessors and engineers are fully qualified.

The benefits of using Whale Fire

Peace of mind from knowing your service has been completed by a qualified and competent individual
Money back satisfaction guarantee
Fire Brigade Compliance Guarantee
Reputable Company

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Richard Whale
t. 0800 772 0738
m. 07590 762397

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