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Safety Standards for Rented Accommodation

Last updated  21 May 2018

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS) works closely with Local Authorities and private landlords in Bedford, Luton and Central Bedfordshire to improve fire safety standards in the rented residential accommodation sector and in particular Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO’s).

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To help landlords protect their tenants and their property we have prepared some local guidance which is contained in  our Supplementary Guide to Fire Safety Standards for Residential Properties in Bedfordshire.

Further guidance by LACORS, the organisation co-ordinating local authority regulators can be found in Housing -  Fire Safety: Guidance on Fire Safety provisions for certain types of existing housing.

We have also produced examples of a Fire Risk Assessment for a Rented Property.

Working together

A formal ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ (MOU) on fire safety was signed by all local authority partners in December 2010 and was reviewed and updated in 2017.

The MOU is accompanied by an agreed Fire Safety standards document  that details the various fire safety measures required across the spectrum of HMO`s found within Bedfordshire.

This additional guidance document is based on the two primary guides for sleeping accommodation in the rented sector linked to above.

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