Housing Fire Safety

Fire Safety in Residential Buildings

Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services (LACORS) have produced a fire safety guidance booklet which helps to manage the relationship between the Housing Act 2004 and the Fire Safety Order.

This guidance offers advice and assistance to enforcers, landlords, managing agents and tenants, amongst others, on ways to make residential buildings safe from fire, regardless of which piece of legislation is relevant.  When it comes to fire safety, everyone involved has an interest.

This booklet specifically gives guidance on the following types of premises:

  • Single household occupancy buildings
  • Shared houses
  • Bedsit-type HMOs (lets) 
  • Buildings converted into self-contained flats 
  • Flats in multiple occupation 
  • Back-to-back houses

Download the LACORS Housing Fire Safety Guide

Fire Safety in Purpose-Built Blocks of Flats

This guide is intended to meet the needs of housing providers and enforcing authorities by providing guidance tailored to purpose-built blocks of flats, and is intended to assist responsible persons to comply with the Fire Safety Order and the Housing Act 2004.

It also offers practical advice on how to assess the risk from fire and how to manage fire safety in such buildings. The document also includes case studies based on the commonly found issues in blocks of flats, with suggested fire safety solutions.

Download the Fire Safety in Purpose-Built Flats Guide

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Fire Safety in Specialised Housing

This guide provides recommendations that are designed to protect an estimated three quarters of a million residents of specialised housing from fire.

Its recommendations relate to various forms of sheltered housing, extra care housing, and also supported housing for people with common characteristics, such as learning disabilities and mental health problems.

This guide is intended to meet the needs of housing providers and enforcing authorities for guidance tailored to specialised housing. It is intended to assist Responsible Persons to comply with the FSO and Housing Act 2004. Accordingly, it is expected that enforcing authorities for that legislation will have regard to this guide. However, the recommendations in this guide go beyond the scope of legislation, in that they also provide guidance on protection of vulnerable residents from fire within their own private accommodation.

Download the Fire Safety Specialised Housing Guide

Private landlords - Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 came into force on the 1 October 2015 that will require landlords to install and check smoke and Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms.

  • Landlords will require a smoke alarm on each floor of the premises and
  • A carbon monoxide alarm in any room of the premises which is used wholly or partly as living accommodation and contains a solid fuel burning combustion appliance

Department for Communities and Local Government have issed a Q & A booklet for the private rented sector (landlords and tenants) on the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015.

More details go to our private landlord page.