What landlords need to do to comply with the new (2022) fire safety regulations

The Fire Safety Act 2021 came into force on 16 May 2022 and amends the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 now applies where a building contains two or more domestic premises and applies to:

(a) the building’s structure and external walls and any common parts;

(b) all doors between the domestic premises and common parts

Reference to external walls now includes:

(a) doors or windows in those walls, and

(b) anything attached to the exterior of those walls (including balconies).

Where this has obvious application is for responsible persons (e.g., landlords or managing agents) of buildings containing two or more domestic premises risk assessing the building.

The Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 comes into force on 23rd January 2023.

The responsible person, in relation to a building which contains two or more sets of domestic premises and which contains common parts through which residents would need to evacuate in the case of an emergency, must display required information in a conspicuous part of the building and provide the required information to the residents of the building.

The required information is:

  • Fire safety instructions

I.            instructions relating to the evacuation strategy for the building;

II.         instructions as regards how to report a fire to the fire and rescue authority;

III.         any other instruction that tells residents what they must do when a fire has occurred.

  • Fire Doors

I.            fire doors should be kept shut when not in use;

II.          residents or their guests should not tamper with the self-closing devices;

III.         residents should report any faults or damages with doors immediately to the responsible person.

The responsible person must provide the required information:

(a) to a new resident of domestic premises within the building, as soon as reasonably practicable after that resident moves into the premises;

(b) to all residents of domestic premises within the building within each period of 12 months beginning with 23rd January 2023.

After any material changes to the fire safety instructions, the responsible person must display the fire safety instructions and provide a copy to residents.

For buildings over 11 metres and buildings over 18 metres or more than seven storeys (classed as high rise) the requirements of the regulations are different.

Further Reading

Fire Safety Act 2021
The Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022

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