Landlords obligations

Your landlord's obligations to keep you safe from fire

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

If you are worried your landlord isn’t doing enough to ensure your safety, contact the environmental health officer at your local council for advice. You can find their contact details at www.direct.gov.uk

  • Your landlord has to meet certain safety obligations under the law. This includes making sure all gas and electrical appliances are safe and in good working order.
  • Gas appliances must be checked by a Gas Safe registered engineer every year.
  • Electrical appliances must carry the British Safety Standard sign.
  • Your landlord must also ensure furnishings are fire resistant and meet safety regulations.
  • Your landlord must show you safety certificates so you can see when gas and electrical appliances were last checked.
  • Your landlord should supply a carbon monoxide detector and test it regularly. You can’t see, feel or smell carbon monoxide, but it can be fatal if you breathe it in. A detector will let you know if any carbon monoxide is present in your home.

 

As a tenant it is your responsibilty to make sure that there is a working smoke alarm in your home. Smoke alarms will provide you with early warning should there be a fire while you are sleeping.

 

Gas appliances must be checked by a Gas Safe registered engineer every year.

Make sure you recognise these symbols

Image of the Kitemark used for electrical safety

Gas Safe logo, used to certify the safety of gas installations and equipment

Fire resistant logo