Fire Safety in Existing Housing

Domestic Property is exempt from the The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and consequently existing housing is therefore not subject to this legislation. However a landlord may wish to rent their property to certain groups and consequently the premises need a licence which requires the premises to be safe in the event of a fire or they may wish to bring their property up to an acceptable fire safety standard. One could use Approved Document Part B Fire Safety but this could be too onerous but the Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services (LACoRS) with the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chief Fire Officers Association, the National HMO Network, the National Landlord Association, and Communities and Local Government has produced a guide ‘Guidance on fire safety provisions for certain types of existing housing‘.

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April 1, 2011[Last updated: September 26, 2011]

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