If you are a Landlord in London or Manchester and would like to have a Fire Risk Assessment for your Flat, just to check that you are complying with current Fire safety regulations, well read on ……


I was handed a telephone call from a Landlord in West London who wanted a Fire Risk Assessment on her Flat. She explained to me that the Flat was one of Four in a converted House. She didn’t live in the Flat just rented it out on a commercial basis. I explained to her that the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 applied to the House, and only to a limited extent to the Flat then the House Act takes over with regards to the inside of the Flat. I explained that an individual dwelling in a House of Multiple Occupation or Flat or Maisonette is a private dwelling and outside the scope of the order, except for the requirement to maintain common Fire precautions such as Fire alarms throughout the House.   

I told her that there should be a Fire Risk Assessment on the Communal Parts of the House, and she should refer to that, as a starting point for the protection of her Flat. She told me that no such document existed and that the other Owners, Residents, Tenants of the House were not prepared to contribute towards one being carried out. I started to protest and to outline Regulations and Responsibilities, but to no avail. The situation was lamentable but, as Tom Jones would say, It’s not unusual… 

I identified that she could carry out her own Fire Risk Assessment, possibly using the LACORS Local Authorities Co-ordinators of Regulatory Services. Local Government Regulations. Housing-Fire Safety. Guidance on Fire safety provisions for certain types of existing housing as her Guidance. The Landlord wanted the reassurance that a Fire Risk Assessment can offer, which is that her Flat, and therefore her Tenant, were, as far as reasonably practical, protected from Fire.

I accepted the engagement and subsequently carried out a Fire Risk Assessment on the Landlords Flat using several sources of Guidance, including the following: The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, BS 9991: 2015. BS 9999: 2017. LACORS. The various Guidance documents from the Department for Levelling Up Housing & Communities, formerly Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government. MHCLG January 2020, formerly Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government. MHCLG January 2020, formerly Department for Communities Local Government Guidance Fire Safety Risk Assessment suite. THE HOUSING ACT 2004, including the Housing Health and Safety Rating System. HHSRS Checklist Minimum Standards and the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.      

The resulting Document was a lot smaller than the Guidance itself, but its instigation will keep her Tenant safe and it did give her Peace of Mind.      

In addition, and at no extra cost, the Documentation identified all of the Recommendations and Requirements, to the Responsible Persons in regard to the Communal parts of the House, which should feature in a Fire Risk Assessment on the House as a whole.   But that was for my own Peace of Mind…            

If you are letting our a Flat in a Purpose Built Block  or a House converted into Flats and would like a Fire Risk Assessment just for your Flat  then call London Fire Risk Assessments on 0781 8888626 (London) or 07824 185293 (Manchester) we have Risk Assessors that can help you!                                              

London Offices need a Fire Risk Assessment it is the Law! London Fire Risk Assessments can delivery ‘suitable and sufficient’ Fire Safety Risk Assessments from just £275 no VAT or hidden extras!

If you are the identified Responsible Person for your premise then it is up to you to ensure you have a fully compliant Fire Safety Risk Assessment. This is a legal requirement and the assessment will help you manage your premise and help keep your Staff safe from Fire.

A Fire Risk Assessment for your London Office is an important document so you should ensure the Company your appoint to carryout the assessment is qualified to do the job AND fully Insured!

London Fire Risk Assessments, Fire Risk Assessors are all retired London Fire Brigade Fire Safety Officers and have all qualified with the Institution of Fire Engineers, the Fire Protection Association, CS Todd Associates and are members of the Institute of Fire Safety Managers. We are completely independent so you can be sure there will be no ‘networking’ or up selling of Fire Safety equipment, just good sound advice.

To talk through your requirements or to book a Fire Safety Inspection contact Heather on 0781 8888626 she will be happy to help!

Selling your Flat in London or Manchester and need a Fire Risk Assessment & Asbestos Type 1 Report? Contact London Fire Risk Assessments for an ‘Express’ Service!

Do you need a Fire Risk Assessment and Asbestos Report and do you need it quickly! Look no further London Fire Risk Assessments has the solution for you! Our ‘Express’ Service ensures delivery of your Fire Risk Assessment and Asbestos Type 1 Report within 5 working days!

We provide a ‘suitable and sufficient’ Fire Risk Assessment which will include a Fire Safety Policy, Fire Safety Emergency Plan and a Fire Safety Management Action Plan all the part’s required by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

All our Fire Risk Assessors are retired Fire Brigade Fire Safety Officers and have qualified with the Institution of Fire Engineers, the Fire Protection Association and CS Todd Associates. They are also members of the Institute of Fire Safety Manager and all fully insured to deliver the job!

We are completely Independent so there is no ‘networking’ or up selling of Fire protection equipment just simply good Fire Safety advice.

Call us now to book your Fire Safety Inspection – London 0781 8888626 or Manchester 07824 185293 we have a great team ready to help.

2022 A New Year and a great opportunity for all ‘Responsible Persons’ in London and Greater Manchester to step up and have a fresh approach to Fire Safety!

Perhaps in the past Fire Safety has been pushed onto the back burner as there are always other priorities but why not have a re-think and for 2022 make it the year to focus of Fire Safety!

As the identified ‘Responsible Person’ you are ultimately the person responsible for the safety of your Staff, Visitors, Residents and of course the Building! The buck lies with you! So instead of putting Fire Safety off why not sit down and rethink your priorities.

First Step – Check you Fire Safety Risk Assessment – is it up to date? Is it ‘suitable and sufficient’? Does it have a Fire Safety Emergency Plan? If the answer is ‘no’ to any of the above, then it’s time to get a move on and find a Fire Safety Risk Assessor who is qualified and insured to carryout a Fire Safety Inspection/Audit.

Don’t take a chance on just any Fire Protection Service company offering all kinds of cheap deals take your time and find someone independent, qualified and fully insured.

Once you have a Fire Safety Assessor onboard and the Fire Safety Risk Assessment has been completed it is then time for the identified ‘Responsible Person’ to step up and take control.

As part of the Fire Risk Assessment you will be supplied with a Fire Safety Management Plan – Significant Findings. This is basically your ‘job list’ – don’t just keep it in the drawer and think you have done your bit by getting and report in place – it’s only the beginning. It is your responsibility now to action on all the findings!

If you can’t physically complete the Fire Safety Actions yourself then you will need to call in the professionals, but you can’t ignore it. The Fire Safety Actions are what you have to do to put the Fire Safety deficiencies right. Get a good team of people around you and get the jobs done. It is imperative that you keep the Fire Safety Management Plan up to date so that if for some reason the Fire Brigade visit, or your insurance company want to see it – the document is up to date and informative as it reflects the level of Management in place.

London Fire Risk Assessments are an independent Fire Safety Consultancy based in London and Greater Manchester. We would be happy to chat through any of your Fire Safety concerns or we can book you in a Fire Safety Inspection/Audit. You can be confident that our advice is unbiased as we are completely independent of any Fire Protection Services or Networking Companies. Plus, all our Assessors are retired Fire Brigade Fire Safety Officers – so we have been on both sides – fighting Fires and preventing them! Give our friendly support teams a call now on 0781 8888626 for London or 07824 185293 for Greater Manchester alternatively click here.