Landlord Licensing & Defence warns landlords of fire safety violations

Landlord Licensing & Defence has highlighted a recent court case in Sheffield to remind landlords of their legal obligation to ensure fire safety in their rental properties.

Zahir Ahmed of Sheffield was sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for 18 months, and 250 hours of community service after admitting to violating fire safety laws.

The case stemmed from a fire at a property he owned in February 2022.

Thankfully, firefighters were able to rescue all 11 people trapped inside the building.

However, the incident exposed a series of fire safety failings, including a lack of fire alarms, emergency lighting, and proper fire doors.

The single staircase also collapsed during the fire, injuring a firefighter.

Phil Turtle, a director of Landlord Licensing & Defence, emphasised the critical role fire safety plays in protecting tenants.

He said: “Having a fire risk assessment, particularly for HMOs (Houses in Multiple Occupation), is essential for landlords to meet their legal obligations and ensure the safety of their tenants.

“This is a crucial step in identifying potential fire hazards in a rental property.”

He added: “It helps landlords develop a plan to mitigate these risks and ensure safe escape routes for tenants in case of a fire.”

“All landlords, or their agent, should regularly conduct fire risk assessments, install necessary safety equipment, and educate your tenants on fire safety procedures.

“By prioritising fire safety, landlords can create a safer environment for their tenants and avoid potential legal and financial repercussions.”