For general advice about fire safety standards in HMOs read the Homestamp document in our advice library.
All licensed HMOs must have a fire risk assessment.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 requires the ‘responsible person’, who could be the landlord/licence holder or an agent with full management control, to carry out and regularly review a fire risk assessment. This is enforced by the Fire and Rescue Authority.
The fire risk assessment must be ‘suitable and sufficient’, and assistance from an appropriately competent person should be sought as necessary to achieve this.
Further information and guidance on completing a fire risk assessment is available from the Chief Fire Officers Association and the GOV.UK website.
Coventry City Council's fire safety standards are available to view in the Homestamp document in our advice library.
West Midlands Fire Service has published an interactive website to help people spot fire-related dangers in the home.
We now accept a signed self-certification form declaring that you have a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment in place for your HMO, as an alternative to requiring you to provide a copy of the full risk assessment at each licence renewal. Instead, we may request and audit your assessment and other records at any time during the lifetime of the licence. If you cannot satisfactorily provide all documents when requested, we may revoke your licence.
Our acceptance of your fire risk assessment/self-declaration does not protect you from any action required by the Fire and Rescue Authority. Should the Fire and Rescue Authority carry out an audit of your risk assessment, you could be asked to undertake further work or be subject to enforcement action.
Landlords are required to test and maintain fire alarm and emergency lighting systems in accordance with the British Standards.
Log books and self-certification forms are available to download. Please note that by self-certifying an annual safety check, the landlord is taking full responsibility for the testing and maintenance of the system; making a false declaration can result in formal enforcement action being taken.