Rules for landlords of multi-occupied residential premises

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    Rules for landlords of multi-occupied residential premises

    The Fire Safety Act will soon be changing, with some new regulations for those responsible for buildings housing multiple residences.

    These changes are important steps forward in strengthening the Fire Safety Order and improving fire safety. The Act clarifies that responsible persons (RPs) for multi-occupied residential buildings must manage and reduce the risk of fire for the structure and external walls of the building, including cladding, balconies and windows, and entrance doors to individual flats that open into common parts.

    The regulations will impose significant new legal requirements for responsible persons. Responsible persons in residential buildings should consider when to review their fire risk assessments, to ensure these take account of any risk from the external wall. It is important that responsible persons familiarise themselves with the full guidance from the Home Office about when and how to go about this. Those responsible persons are encouraged to prepare for the significant changes being introduced.

    These regulations have been introduced as an important step towards implementing the recommendations of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 report. The regulations are being introduced under Article 24 of the Fire Safety Order and will come into force on January 23 2023.
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