Landlords are responsible to meet fire safety regulations

Landlords are responsible to meet fire safety regulations

Written on 09/21/2018
Greg Chapman

It is the landlord’s responsibility to ensure that the premises meet fire safety regulations from fire safety doors to a fully tested and maintained fire alarm.

Yesterday a landlord was handed an 8-month suspended prison sentence after his Dorset pub failed to meet fire safety regulations.

The owners were also fined £30,000 and ordered to pay £5000 in costs after pleading guilty to four offences under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

The offences related to a number of failures in the fire safety standards identified by officers of Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) in 2016.

A recent inspection had revealed:

  • The fire detection and warning system fell far short of the standard expected in a premises providing sleeping accommodation:
  • On two separate occasions, officers found the fire detection and warning system inoperative as the fuse had been removed;
  • The escape routes serving the sleeping accommodation were not adequately protected by fire resisting construction
  • An original staircase had been sealed removing an alternative escape route from the first floor
  • There was a lack of emergency escape lighting
  • Self-closing devices had been disconnected from fire doors

Due to the number of serious deficiencies found the officers served a Prohibition Notice preventing the use of the premises in respect of its sleeping accommodation until adequate fire safety measures were provided.

The subsequent investigation by DSFRS revealed that the landlord had carried out several alterations to the premises, increasing the number of bedrooms. However, he had failed to review the fire safety provisions and take account of the changes.