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The Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 places an absolute duty and responsibility on local fire authorities to enforce fire safety legislation. You may have heard of The General Powers Act, The Fire Precautions Act, and quite a few more, in 2005 these were all replaced by one single piece of fire safety primary legislation – The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and it is the articles in this document that persons with a responsibility for various premises must comply with.
Local fire authorities have Inspecting Officers whose job it is to visit premises falling within the legislation to conduct an audit. They will not hesitate to instigate enforcement action should they find evidence that the Responsible Person is not complying with the legislation. This could mean anything from issuing a Notice of Deficiencies through to prohibiting the use of the premises and prosecution.
Local council housing authorities licence various types of properties including houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) and are responsible for ensuring these properties comply with fire safety legislation. Local authorities also have inspecting officers whose job it is to visit premises to conduct an audit and again, these officers have extensive powers to instigate enforcement action should they find evidence that the property owner, landlord or managing agent, is not complying with fire safety legislation including the Housing Act 2004, Building Regulations Part B, Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) and the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015.
Firesafe (Fire Safety Management) Consultants Ltd have in-depth knowledge of all applicable fire safety legislative requirements and can provide expert advice and services to ensure you comply.