Responsible tenant to do weekly fire safety checks in HMO?

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    Responsible tenant to do weekly fire safety checks in HMO?

    Is it within regulation to allocate a responsible HMO tenant to do weekly smoke alarm and monthly emergency light testing?
    Does anyone have this agreement with their tenants? and is there any liability on them in event of fire - this is something they may be concerned about when signing fire log books.
    Or does all liability fall to landlord? thanks

    #2
    If you're not doing it yourself could your cleaner do it? Landlords are responsible for keeping the communal areas clean so the cleaner could do the fire alarm check too.

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      #3
      We do the weekly checks but had an arrangement with a responsible tenant to do them in the past. Wondered whether regulation had changed on this. I was also hoping to find out if an allocated person who does weekly checks and signs the log book other than the landlord has any liability in event of fire as this is something I think they would be concerned about. Appreciate any advice

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        #4
        Originally posted by bengal View Post
        Is it within regulation to allocate a responsible HMO tenant to do weekly smoke alarm and monthly emergency light testing?
        Does anyone have this agreement with their tenants? and is there any liability on them in event of fire - this is something they may be concerned about when signing fire log books.
        Or does all liability fall to landlord? thanks
        Liability will be decide at to fatal accident - or woteva - court case: You'd be best off having well documented testing processes under your control, but of course tenants have a part to play with safety.

        Let's not forget HMO licensing was brought in, initially in Scotland, after a particularly bad fire at a Glasgow student flat. See

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_...ple_occupation
        HMO licensing was first introduced in Scotland in 2000.[12] To be granted a licence under the scheme, properties must meet certain standards, such as presence of smoke detectors and fire doors.[13] These provisions were included in response to a fatal fire at a student flat in Glasgow, which had no working smoke detectors, and metal bars preventing escape through a window.[14]
        &
        http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/462096.stm
        I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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          #5
          Thanks artfullodger - If tenant sends WhatsApp image written record of checks done and signature on days of checks - is this sufficient evidence?

          Are tenants liable for anything by signing or is full liability always with the landlord?

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            #6
            That would depend on the judge if it gets to court
            I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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