Fire Safety revisited

We have had a few queries regarding the Fire Safety (Protection of Tenants) Bill on which we have previously blogged, and so here is our update: the Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress and will not become law.

To recap, this was “a bill to require landlords to provide smoke alarms in rented accommodation; and connected purposes”. All landlords were to be required to install a mains operated battery backed smoke alarm before the tenancy agreement is signed.

The tenant would have been required to test the smoke alarm at least once a month and notify the landlord of any defects, who would then be required to carry out the repairs. There was to be a criminal penalty of up to 2 years in prison and/or a fine of up to £5000.00.


  • John Childs 30th May 2012 at 10:24 am

    It is difficult to ensure proper maintenance of Smoke Alarms. Many people ‘disconnect’the Alarms when they find them a niusance. However careful Siting of an Alarm in a Home is essential. It is probably impossible to Legislate for the Installation and Operation of a Smoke Alarm

  • Charlie Bosworth 2nd June 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Does anyone know whether the Bill will be brought before Parliament in the next session, or is it simply now to be abandoned?

  • John Davis 10th June 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Sounds to me like the bill (had it have been passed) would have been a step in the right direction, although I would have thought that it would have proved very difficult to enforce.

    I can envisage a situation where an alarm was found to be poorly maintained, and the landlord and tenant were both pointing fingers at each other as to who’s to blame.

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