Rented accomodation
Safe and Sound

Rented accommodation

If you live in privately rented accommodation, your landlord has to meet certain fire safety obligations under the law.

Your landlord must ensure that:

  • your gas and electric appliances are safe and in good working order
  • your property has at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home
  • gas appliances must be checked by a Gas Safe registered gas fitter every year
  • electrical appliances must carry the British Safety Standard sign
  • your landlord must also ensure furnishings are fire resistant and meet safety regulations
  • gas and electrical appliances should have safety certificates dating when they were last checked
  • a carbon monoxide alarm is present in all rooms that contain a solid fuel burning appliance and are used as living accommodation


Be prepared

  • test your smoke alarm every month
  • never take the batteries out unless they need replacing
  • close downstairs doors at night to stop a fire from spreading
  • turn off and unplug electrical appliances, unless they are designed to be left on - like the freezer
  • check the cooker is turned off
  • don't leave your washing machine or tumble dryer on overnight or when you leave the house
  • turn portable heaters off
  • put candles and cigarettes out properly
  • keep door and window keys accessible
  • make sure all exits are kept clear