If you're renting a home or you're the landlord of a property, you need to make sure the it's well maintained and fire safe.
Under the 2004 Housing Act, if you are a landlord you must make sure there are adequate escape routes in the property you are renting out.
Depending on the size of the property, you may also have to fit smoke alarms and provide fire extinguishers.
By law, a landlord must:
Your local authority can give you more details about landlord obligations and can force landlord’s to provide adequate fire precautions.
Here are some questions to ask your landlord about fire safety:
You may not be able to force your landlord to do the necessary checks but, if you have any concerns, contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau or your local authority for further advice.
Parents may wish to check the safety of student accommodation. If you have concerns about the standard of the accommodation you should contact the university for advice.
This leaflet from GOV.UK also provides safety tips for students living in rented accommodation.