The Housing Act 2004 places a duty on all local authorities to ensure that all HMOs have adequate fire precautions in place. To meet our responsibilities all inspections will be undertaken using the LACORS housing-fire safety guidance, which documents the procedure for fire risk assessments for all types of residencies.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 replaces most fire safety legislation with one simple order. In general terms it means that a person with responsibility for a building must take reasonable steps to reduce the risk from fire and make sure that people can safely escape in the case of a fire. This means that landlords of HMOs will have to undertake a fire risk assessment of their properties. The Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) enforce the order.
Wyre Council and the LFRS have agreed a joint working protocol in ensuring that HMOs have adequate fire safety measures in place.