Welsh landlord fire safety course launched
THE ONLINE course for private landlords was developed with all three Welsh fire and rescue services.
Landlord Today reported on the fire safety course, launched online by Rent Smart Wales and aimed at private landlords ‘looking for fresh fire safety guidance’. The course was developed in conjunction with South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service and North Wales Fire and Rescue Service (NWFRS), and hopes to ‘increase landlords’ fire safety knowledge and ‘make them aware of their legal obligations’ for tenant and property protection.
It is also the first online course to be offered by Rent Smart Wales, a registration and licensing authority for all landlords and property agents in Wales, and includes ‘in depth’ information on fire safety compared to the mandatory training course for self managing landlords in the country. Taking an hour to complete, it covers general landlord duties, safety in relation to fire, gas, electrics, furniture and furnishings and houses in multiple occupation, plus fire safety equipment and risk assessments.
Paul Scott, head of business fire safety for NWFRS, said: ‘It’s so important that everyone is aware of their fire safety responsibilities – we all have a role to play in keeping our communities safe. By supporting the development of this free and easy to access course we hope that landlords will take the time to learn more about how to provide the safest level of accommodation possible, in turn helping to protect the residents of our region.’
Lynda Thorne, cabinet member for housing and communities at Cardiff Council, commented: ‘I’m really pleased to see Rent Smart Wales delivering added value for landlords through this new online course which is free to access. We all know that the effects of fire can be devastating. But most fires are preventable so it’s essential that landlords, agents and tenants are aware of their fire safety responsibilities.
‘The purpose of Rent Smart Wales is to drive up standards in the private rented sector in Wales, helping landlords to be aware of their obligations and ensuring tenants are also aware of their rights and own responsibilities. This course provides the assistance that landlords and agents have been asking for, an easy access resource where straight forward, up-to-date information can be accessed. Rent Smart Wales hopes to develop additional courses in the future to continue to meet the sector’s needs.’