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Guidance for Tenants

Tenants in rented properties should be aware of their responsibilities for fire safety. All tenants are “relevant persons” in relation to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. A relevant person is “any person who is or may be lawfully on the premises, and any person in the immediate vicinity of the premises who is at risk from a fire on the premises”.

The government's private renting guide may be helpful to you  as may the 'How to rent; the checklist for renting' guide

On the 1st October 2015 the Government introduced regulations requiring private sector landlords to:

  • install smoke alarms on each storey of their property
  • carbon monoxide alarms in the rooms considered most at risk from high levels of carbon monoxide
  • to check the alarms are in working order at the start of any new tenancy.

If you are a private tenant and you do not think your landlord has complied with the regulations, you should contact your local housing authority as they are responsible for enforcing the regulations.

Find further information regarding Smoke and Carbon Monoxide alarm regulations

Tenants should also know the responsibilities of their landlord. See Landlord Responsibilities.


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