RLA launches landlord fire safety database

RLA launches landlord fire safety database

THE RESIDENTIAL Landlords Association (RLA) has updated and launched fire safety pages for landlords, including videos and interactive resources.

It stated that fire safety is ‘one of the top searches on the RLA website’, with many landlords getting in touch ‘in the wake’ of the Grenfell Tower fire. As a response to the increased searches, the RLA has ‘created new look and fully up-to-date fire safety pages’, including videos and interactive resources, in order to help landlords ‘do everything possible to keep their tenants safe and details of the government’s response’ to the Grenfell fire.

In turn, the RLA reassured its membership that ‘many will not be affected’ by the government response, and that it supports the government ‘in its efforts to improve fire safety’. An update has been made to the RLA’s property fire risk assessment form, and it advised members to ‘only use this form and complete their own risk assessment if they are “competent” to do so and if they are assessing a single dwelling’, as flat or HMO assessments should be undertaken by qualified professionals.

Members are also recommended to look ‘at the last time they had a risk assessment undertaken’, with one video giving a demonstration of how to ‘identify potential fire hazards’, alongside practical advice and solutions to ensure property ‘is compliant with the most recent fire safety guidance’. Other guides added include an update on cladding, the government’s building safety programme post Grenfell Tower, guidance on individual flats and ‘key advice’ on fire precautions.

The RLA also pointed out that it will ‘continue to review the content […] given the current landscape’.