OUR ASSESSMENTS ARE DESIGNED FOR RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY
Fire Risk Assessments originated from commercial property legislation. Our risk assessments have been adapted to meet the needs of residential property, ensuring that properties are being assessed as homes rather than large commercial buildings.
Your FRA is tailored to the exact size, layout and tenancy requirements of your property.
OUR SERVICE IS UNDERPINNED WITH RESIDENTIAL CASE STUDIES
Through years of experience in the industry we understand the important differences between the fire safety requirements for residential homes and those for commercial properties.
The benefit for our customers is that we won’t ask you to do any upgrade work that is not ‘reasonable and practical’ in any given circumstance.
OUR RECOMMENDATIONS ARE REASONABLE AND PRACTICAL
As the residential requirements for FRAs are relatively recent, an important part of our work is analysing your property in comparison to LACORS case studies to give you the best advice possible.
The same case studies are used by local authorities to assess the property when they come to inspect, giving you insight into anything that may flag their attention.
WHO NEEDS A FIRE SAFETY RISK ASSESSMENT?
A fire risk assessment is designed to minimise the probability of a fire occurring by identifying the potential hazards and fire risks within a building. Not only does this protect your tenants, it also protects you as a landlord from any liability provided you comply with any action points. It is therefore good practice to risk assess all let properties.
Fire Risk Assessments are a legal requirement to have in Houses of Multiple Occupation. This can include shared houses of 3 or more tenants as well as traditional bedsit HMOs. This came about because studies have shown that you are 6 times more likely to die in a fire in an HMO than you would in a family home, rising to to 16 times more likely if the property is of 3 storeys or more.
The freeholders of residential buildings are also responsible for ensuring that Fire Risk Assessments are carried out and reviewed annually on the ‘common parts’ of their properties. This includes entrance halls, stairways and all escape routes.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT FIRE RISK ASSESSMENTS HERE.
WHO CAN DO A FIRE RISK ASSESSMENT?
All HMOs require a Fire Safety Risk assessment under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. They are also required for the common parts of buildings divided into flats.
These can be carried out by the licence holder if they declare themselves a competent person, however it is very important they have a comprehensive understanding of the legislation.
If an accident occurs and the assessment is thought to be insufficient, the Responsible Person can face an unlimited fine or up to two years in prison.
To absolutely prove competence, Fire Risk Assessors should be members of the Institute of Fire Safety Managers, and have completed risk assessment courses accredited by the institute.
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