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Complete Fire Safety
The Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017 left the nation in shock. The loss of life was beyond reason and whilst the public enquiry is underway both social landlords, private landlords and block managers are naturally questioning whether they are doing enough to protect their tenants from fire.
The legislation on fire safety is complex with different buildings/property types being subject to different laws and regulations, this can leave landlords and letting agents confused as to what fire safety precautions they must take.
As a 'responsible person' you have a legal duty to keep your property safe from fire through the provisions of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
This course is designed to give you a complete guide to the relevant fire safety legislation you must comply with to keep tenants safe and gives you the practical skills in order to become accomplished at managing fire risk effectively.
As a landlord or responsible letting agent you must ensure there is a comprehensive fire risk assessment that details the fire safety provisions that are in the property. You should also develop an emergency evacuation plan for residents and ensure they know the actions they need to take in the event of a fire.
- The different building/property types and which pieces of the above legislation apply. Although the commons areas of blocks of flats, maisonettes and HMO's are subject to the RR(FS)O it is important to know if your premises is an HMO because you will have additional responsibilities under the Housing Act 2004
- Fire risk assessment requirements to protect both your tenants and your property from fire as required by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) order 2005
- Emergency Plans and Evacuation Strategies
- The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015. This legislation requires smoke alarms to be installed in rented residential accommodation and carbon monoxide alarms in rooms with a solid fuel appliance. The Regulations apply both to houses and flats. Failure to comply can lead to a civil penalty being imposed of up to £5,000
- Practical tips on fire safety and with reference to the LACORS fire safety guide.
- Building Regulations PART B. This legislation applies if you are having any work done to any of your properties. Part B requires provision in the property for giving warning if a fire occurs, satisfactory means of escape, preventing fire spread and making sure buildings are stable as well as ensuring that there is sufficient fire separation between different parts and access to facilities to assist fire fighter.
- Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988, amended 1989 and 1993 (FFFSR). All furniture supplied within rented accommodation (including items classified as 'fixtures and fittings') needs to meet the full requirements of the FFFSR. These include holiday homes and residential furnished accommodation (such as houses, flats, bed-sits and static caravans) which are let in the course of business, and affect persons who let such accommodation as a business activity
This interactive course is designed to educate landlords and agents on the different legislation and give them the in-depth understanding of fire safety required to keep their tenants and properties safe, this includes:
- The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) order 2005
- The Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006
- The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015
- The Housing Act 2004
- Building Regulations PART B
- Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988, amended 1989 and 1993
The course is suitable for
- This course is essential for all landlords whether they rent property as single dwellings, HMO or blocks.
- All managing and letting agents
- Block managers
Continuous Professional Development
Remember that Continuous Professional Development points (CPD) apply to RLA courses. You can also get CPD points for being a member of the Residential Landlords Association.
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Residential Landlords Association Accreditation Scheme
This course is worth 3 basic CPD points with the Residential Landlords Association Accreditation Scheme
RLAAS is a national scheme who aim to encourage, acknowledge and actively promote good standards and management practice by owners and to assist owners and tenants to undertake their respective responsibilities to each other.
RLAAS is open to all landlords who operate in the private sector, and accreditation is FREE. Members of RLAAS also receive a discount when enroling for a course operated by the Residential Landlord's Association.
To find out more, and what RLAAS means to landlords and tenants across the country, visit the RLAAS website.