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Tenant's rights

As a tenant, you have rights - find out what your landlord should be doing to keep you safe from fire.

Fire safety in rented homes

If you live in a rented home, then your landlord has some responsibility for fire safety. You should expect that your landlord will:

  • Provide smoke alarms on each level of the property and test them before you move in. This applies to new tenancies starting after 1 October 2015.
  • Landlords must also provide a carbon monoxide alarm in any room which contains a solid fuel burning appliance. Again this applies to new tenancies beginning after 1 October 2015.
  • Ensure that any flat front doors, or doors onto shared corridors will resist a fire for a period of time. These doors must be free to self-close and not wedged or held open.
  • Check that any shared corridors or stairs which could be used for escape from fire are kept clear and free to use.
  • Make clear to tenants what the evacuation plan of the building is.

Living in rented homes

If you live in rented property, then you also have some personal responsibility to keep yourself safe from fire. You should: