The Home Office has announced new fire safety measures for HMO’s and multi-tenancy premises which could leave landlords and agents open to unlimited fines. They will come into force as part of the legislation in the Building Safety Bill which is expected to come into force in 2022.
The announcement is part of the government’s response to the Fire Safety Consultation which was prompted by the Grenfell Tower fire. The new measures do not apply to most residential lettings other than HMO’s and multi-tenancy properties.
The measures allow unlimited fines to be awarded against landlords and agents caught obstructing a fire inspector, impersonating a fire inspector and breaching fire safety regulations under Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 legislation. The measures will update the Fire Safety Order and require mandatory fire risk assessments to be completed for each building and improve how fire safety information is communicated to regulatory authorities throughout the lifetime of a building.
Fire Minister Lord Greenhalgh says:
“Everyone should be safe in the buildings where they live, stay or work.”
“Our new measures will improve fire safety and help save lives, but will also take firm action against those who fail in their duty to keep people safe.”
The Home Office states the new measures will:
- Improve fire risk assessments and the competence of those who complete them.
- Ensure fire safety information is preserved during the lifespan of all regulated buildings.
- Improve the cooperation between people with responsibility for fire safety.
- Strengthen enforcement action.
- Strengthen guidance issued under the Fire Safety Order so that failure to follow it may be considered in court proceedings as evidence of a breach.
The full Home Office announcement is available using the link below:
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