1. In July , “Housing – Fire Safety: Guidance on fire safety provisions for certain types of existing housing” was published by LACORS in partnership with the. HMO – Lacors fire safety HMO – Lacors fire safety · Printer-friendly version. Related Pages. Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO). Melton Borough Council download – LACORS National fire safety guidance for rented properties | Benefits | Advice for landlords.

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LACORS Fire Safety Guidance to be Used in HHSRS Assessments

The property is a one bedroom, first floor flat immediately to the right as you come onto the first floor landing area. When entering the flat you come into the living room. Once in the saety room you then go through the kitchen and then into the bedroom at the rear swfety the flat. This layout is completely unacceptable as the tenant has no chance of escape if a fire were to start within either the kitchen or living room.

The tenant is forced to use portable electric heaters as there is no heating within the flat fie this greatly increases the risk of a fire starting. Various recommendations were listed in order to remedy the deficiencies as well as a further improvement notice.

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The landlord appealed both notices to the Residential Property Tribunal who confirmed both notices. The landlord appealed the prohibition order to the Upper Tribunal, the main ground of appeal was again that there was an adequate fire escape route, via either one of two windows, from the bedroom in the flat.

The guidance considers inner rooms rooms where an escape is only possible through another room such as in this case and also escape windows which this flat had.

A combination of the fact that the flat had building regulation approval, a number of changes to the layout had been made, additional fire detection and adequate escape windows, all complying with the fire safety guidance were in place meant that the landlord was successful and the appeal was allowed. In determining whether the escape window was an acceptable alternative where there is an inner room situation, the Tribunal commented at paragraph In reaching this conclusion neither the respondent nor the RPT applied the seven criteria that are set out in paragraph guidahce In my opinion the application of those criteria is a material consideration when deciding whether or not a window is a satisfactory means of escape in an emergency.


This is a useful case which clarifies the position that not only is the statutory guidance to be used as required by section 9 Housing Act but also the fire safety guidance produced by LACORS as it was then called, now Local Government Regulation should be flre where the hazard being assessed is that of fire.

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