Landlords: beware the risk of fire

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AS PART of Electrical Fire Safety Week, the National Landlords Association (NLA) is reminding all landlords to carry out thorough fire risk assessments and to ensure their properties present a low fire risk.

Fire hazards in the home contributed to some 45,000 fires in UK dwellings between 2010 and 2011, resulting in 8,900 injuries and 306 deaths.

The NLA is reminding landlords that they have a duty of care to their tenants.

Richard Price, director of operations at the NLA, said: “It is essential that landlords understand their obligation to provide safe properties for their tenants.

“Whether they let a house of multiple occupation or a one bedroom flat, landlords should look to conduct a fire risk assessment before a tenancy commences and comply with fire safety legislation throughout the tenancy. With an increasing private-rented sector, landlords who take their responsibilities and duty of care to tenants seriously contribute a positive impact on the number of preventable injuries and fatalities caused by fire in the home.”