Two fire safety issues, raised by the Residential Landlords Association, have been incorporated into national guidelines for rented property.

[UKPRwire, Thu Apr 30 2009] The RLA submitted 10 main suggestions in response to original guidelines - announced last July by the Local Authority Co-ordinators of Regulatory Services (LACORS) in partnership with the Chief Fire Officers Association and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.

And now a newly modified set of key revisions by LACORS includes two of the RLA issues:

• relaxation over the need to install a full LD3 mains powered interlinked smoke alarm system in single-family rented houses, with no known high-risk fire hazards, that already have operational battery smoke detectors covering escape routes. And neither is it necessary to have smoke detectors in bedrooms.

• high-specification fire-doors are no longer a requirement for most small lower-risk shared houses occupied by students and young professionals. Instead, traditional, “close-fitting” internal doors will give adequate protection to hold back a fire and enable occupants to escape.

Mains linked automatic fire detection systems still remain the ideal solution where no detection alarm exists or when landlords plan major renovation or improvement works. But “we seem to have helped establish a reasonable fire safety solution for these types of property,” says Richard Jones, lawyer of the Residential Landlords Association whose members own over 100,000 private rented properties throughout the UK.

“It’s very pleasing that the thrust of our representation on these issues have now been accepted. The only annoying thing is the length of time it has taken - when many landlords will already have done work to comply with the original guidelines.”

• The Residential Landlords Association is a leading national organisation with members owning over 100,000 properties in the UK’s professional private rented sector. The range of members’ services - on - includes legal advice, insurance, financial services, credit referencing and training.

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