Landlords have certain fire safety obligations, including:
Your landlord should make sure there are no hazards in your home, including fire hazards. Potential hazards can be assessed by your local council, using the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS).
Your landlord is required to ensure:
- that electrical installations in the property are safe when your tenancy begins
- that electrical installations are maintained in a safe condition throughout the tenancy
- that any appliance provided is safe and has the British Safety Standard sign.
Find out more about electrical safety in the home.
Your landlord must make sure that the gas supply and appliances in your home:
- are in a safe condition
- are fitted or repaired by a Gas Safe registered engineer
- have a gas safety check every 12 months by a Gas Safe registered engineer
Find out more about gas safety in the home.
Any upholstered furniture provided by your landlord should be fire resistant. This includes:
- sofas and armchairs
- beds, headboards and mattresses
There should be a symbol on your furniture to state that it is fire resistant. If they are not and your landlord won’t replace them, get in touch with your local council or trading standards office. They can take action against your landlord.
You are responsible for the condition of your own furniture.
Carbon monoxide detectors
If you have a coal or wood fire in your rented home, your landlord must fit a carbon monoxide detector.