Protect Your Investment: The Importance of Fire Risk Assessments for Flats

17 May 2023

As a landlord or property manager, ensuring the safety of your tenants should be a top priority.

In this guide, we will cover everything you need to know about the legal requirement of fire risk assessments for flats.

Read on to learn more about fire risk assessments for communal areas in flats and why they are crucial for maintaining the safety of your tenants.

Am I required to have a fire risk assessment for my flat?

If you are a landlord or property manager, you are legally required to have a fire risk assessment conducted on the communal areas of the building. This is to ensure the safety of the residents of the building and prevent the risk of fire.

Read more: A Landlords Guide to Fire Risk Assessments in the UK

Who can legally carry out a fire risk assessment for flats?

A qualified and experienced professional fire risk assessor can complete the fire safety risk assessment. They will examine the property and assess any potential fire risk.

Some of the things they will look out for include fire hazards, fire safety plans, fire safety systems, fire extinguishers, escape routes, combustible materials and more. This is to ensure the building meets the legal standards of fire safety.

How much does a fire risk assessment cost for flats in the UK?

Fire Risk Assessments offer competitive prices. We offer our fire risk assessments at:

  • £375 for small residential communal areas and buildings up to 2,000sqft.
  • £425 for premises between 2,000-5,000sqft.
  • £480 for premises up to 10,000sqft.
  • Premises over 10,000 require an individual quote.

How often do fire risk assessments need to be carried out for flats?

A responsible person is legally required to arrange for an experienced and qualified assessor to conduct a fire risk assessment on the premises regularly. Between each full assessment, fire risk assessments must be reviewed regularly to ensure they meet legal standards.

Reviews should be conducted if any changes to the property could potentially impact the fire safety. This includes:

  • Addition of vulnerable people in the property
  • A recent fire since the last assessment
  • Damaged, stolen or replaced fire safety equipment
  • Furniture rearrangement
  • Property extension or change of use

What happens if flats fail to have a fire risk assessment?

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (2005) states that it is a legal requirement to have a fire risk assessment. Any responsible person who fails to have a fire risk assessment could face legal ramifications, such as a fine or prison sentence.

How do I get a fire safety assessment for my flat?

If you are wanting a fire risk assessment to ensure the fire safety of your flat, contact us and get a FREE quote today.

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