Premises including small shops, take-aways, holiday lets and small blocks of flats are affected by the changes.
Key points residential and commercial agents should be aware of:
- All businesses must record a fire risk assessment and fire safety arrangements in full - there are no exceptions based on the size or type of business.
- There are increased requirements for cooperation and coordination between Responsible Persons in multi occupied buildings or those where the occupier and owner are not the same person.
- In residential buildings with two or more domestic premises residents must be provided with information on the risks from fire and the fire safety measures provided to keep them safe.
New fire safety guides
The Home Office has published guides, including for small non-domestic premises, small blocks of flats, and small sleeping accommodations, which help anyone who has a legal duty for fire safety in a relevant building. A fire risk assessment 5-step checklist has also been published to help people responsible for the simplest premises complete a fire safety risk assessment.
FAQs for property agents
Propertymark has distilled the additional measures that have been passed for England that introduce new responsibilities under the Fire Safety Order and expand upon the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 into a FAQ format for members to download.