Fire safety legislation for landlords – Common Parts of Purpose Built Blocks of Flats

In this second part of the series on fire safety legislation for landlords I look at common parts of purpose built blocks of flats.

The first part of this series looked at fire safety legislation for dwellings (flats and houses) used for rented single household (family) occupation and can be found here.

Fire safety in common parts of purpose built blocks of flats is covered by the following:

Building Regulations 2010 Part B

See – Technical guidance for Part B is contained in Fire safety: Approved Document B.

Application – all dwellings where significant building work is carried out.

Housing Health & Safety Rating System (“HHSRS”)

Fire is included in the 29 hazards covered by the system introduced by Housing Act 2004.

See – Operating Guidance and Guidance for Landlords and Property Related Professionals. Further information on fire standards can be obtained in the LACORS Guidance on fire safety provisions for certain types of existing housing.

Application – all dwellings

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

See – Fire safety in purpose-built blocks of flats.

See – LACORS guidance on fire safety provisions for certain type of existing housing for guidance on common parts of buildings containing flats.

Application – common parts (i.e. the shared areas including shared stairways, landings, kitchens, bathrooms etc.) of dwelling buildings containing in bedsits and flats both converted and purpose built.

If a flat is occupied as bedsits there are two sets of common parts within the building. The first is the shared access route to the flat front door and other is the shared areas within the flat e.g. hallway, shared kitchen, bathroom etc. Both areas would require risk rating.

Does not apply to shared houses let on a joint tenancy.

The guidance contained in this article also applies to converted flats that are not a section 257 HMO (House in Multiple Occupation)

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