National Landlords Association launch new fire safety logbook
The National Landlords Association (NLA) has launched a new version of their Fire Safety Logbook which has been endorsed by the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA).
The Fire Safety Logbook aims to help landlords in England and Wales keep a record of their fire safety precautions in one easy-to-use document.
It helps landlords to ensure compliance with legal responsibilities under the Housing Act 2004 (enforced by local councils) and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 which applies to multiple occupied buildings (enforced by fire and rescue authorities).
The new logbook includes updated regulations for Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Alarms and contains a number of templates and forms to help landlords:
- Carry out fire safety risk assessments in their properties;
- Schedule fire equipment safety checks and log any defects; and
- Keep a record of fire and false alarms.
Richard Price, Director of Operations at the NLA, said:
“We have developed this logbook to help landlords identify, reduce and control any potential fire risks in their rental properties.
“We are delighted that The Chief Fire Officers Association, which brings together all fire and rescue services across the country, has endorsed the Logbook, and we urge all landlords to use it to help them keep their properties and their tenants safe.“
Jonathan Herrick, Chair of the CFOA Business Safety Group, said:
“Landlords have to satisfy requirements from Housing Authorities and this log book, when completed, is great evidence that the right things are being done and that safety is being secured.
“Landlords have a responsibility to keep their tenants safe from the risk of fire and we recommend that landlords in England and Wales take advantage of this fantastic resource“.
The updated Fire Safety Logbook is available from the NLA website as a free download or can be purchased in print form. Landlords who are not yet members of the NLA can join as an associate member for free and then download the booklet.
Visit www.landlords.org.uk/firesafety for more information.
Landlords who do not consider themselves competent to carry out a fire risk assessment can find fire risk assessors listed in the fire safety category of the London Property Licensing Landlord Suppliers Directory. Even if someone else carries out the fire risk assessment, the logbook can still be used to record all the safety checks and inspections thereafter.