Whether it’s back to university or simply sharing a house, landlords have the responsibility by law of providing their tenants with a fire-safe environment. It’s all part and parcel of being a responsible landlord of a house of multiple occupancy (HMO). From making sure the bedrooms have fire doors to PAT testing your electrical equipment. Think if, and we all hope not, you have an inconsiderate tenant – you need to know your other tenants would be safe in the event of a fire. Yes, there should be signage such as “no smoking”, but an inconsiderate person may not care about this.
In a house of multiple occupancy, an evacuation policy and, therefore, communication among the tenants is crucial. A simultaneous evacuation plan should be adopted and communicated through a Fire Action Notice (legislation), and we suggest also having something in writing upon signing a tenancy agreement. Escape routes should be well established.
Any parent or guardian would feel better knowing that their child or independent is living somewhere safe when they have to fend for themselves. Don’t let them worry about what they would do in the event of a fire. There’s already enough to worry about when living independently for the first time! Put their minds at rest that you are compliant with fire regulations and legislation.