17 Mar LEGAL OBLIGATIONS OF LANDLORDS
Legal Obligations of Landlords
Just like employers, landlords have certain legal obligations when it comes to fire safety and protection of their properties and the safety of people who reside in their premises. However, it is not as simple as ensuring there is a couple of fire extinguishers to hand – fire safety largely depends on the potential risks and the different types of buildings can cause confusion. For example, a building that is used for a single tenancy will differ to one which is shared across commercial and residential lettings. Legislation requires that landlords carry out fire risk assessments in all areas of their properties. This process will identify any fire hazards and who is at risk and decide if anything needs to be done to remove or reduce that risk.
NB- There are responsibilities on premises that have no landlord- e.g. flats with common area, lease or freehold. The flat owners are jointly ‘responsible persons’ and need to ensure legislative requirements are met and maintained and a fire risk assessments is carried out.