Landlords – Act Now to Keep Your Tenants Safe!

Whether you're a buy-to-let investor with a single rented flat, or a landlord who owns a portfolio of multiple properties, the safety of your tenants is paramount.

Every year in the UK, hundreds of landlords are prosecuted for housing offences. Hefty fines are regularly imposed, and the worst offenders can even face a spell in jail.

The legislation can seem complex, and rules vary according to the type of dwelling you are renting out and where in the UK the property is situated. In England and Wales, landlords must comply with the Housing Health and Safety Rating System, which was introduced under the Housing Act 2004.

With decades of experience at our fingertips, we have in-depth knowledge of all aspects of the law relating to fire and electrical safety for tenants. We work with many landlords, letting agents and facilities managers to protect their investments and, most importantly, the people living inside them.

Landlord fire risk assessment

Fire Safety – What are My Obligations?

As a landlord, you must:

  • Follow the safety guidance set out in the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Guidance varies depending on whether properties are purpose-built flats or bedsits and converted flats. A professional fire risk assessment will help you to establish exactly which category your property falls into
  • Provide a smoke alarm on each storey and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room with a solid fuel burning appliance, such as a coal fire or wood-burning stove
  • Ensure that tenants have access to escape routes at all times. Some buildings will need fire doors and/or fire escapes
  • Check all furniture and furnishings are fire resistant, and clearly marked with a label showing they meet the safety standards
  • Fit fire alarms and extinguishers if the property is a large house with multiple occupation

Electrical Safety – The Facts You Can't Ignore

Faulty electrics don't just pose the risk of electric shock, they can also spark fires. Latest figures show that faulty appliances and leads caused 16% of all accidental fires in domestic settings (Home Office statistics, 2016/17).

Landlords must ensure that:

  • All electrical appliances are regularly PAT tested 
  • Sockets and light fittings are all safe
  • Wiring, fuses and circuit breakers throughout the property meet required standards
  • Appliances, wiring, sockets and fittings are regularly maintained and re-tested to guard against deterioration over time

An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) covers all these crucial safety elements, and is recommended every five years, or whenever there is a change of tenants. Our qualified electricians work in full compliance with UK law, following NIC-EIC methodology and issuing a certificate plus compliance advice if needed. Rest assured our unbeatable rates ensure a cost efficient process along with total peace of mind.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch to discuss how the Allsaved team can help you. We're based in Sussex and work with landlords all over the south of England, including Hampshire, Surrey, London and Kent. We look forward to hearing from you!