Fire warning issued for property owners

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LANDLORDS in the Portsmouth area are being urged to ensure they meet fire regulations.

The warning comes as the government invests £1bn in a Build to Rent fund.

The government estimates that the rental property sector has reached 16.5 per cent of all households nationwide – 3.8 million homes.

Barry Lee, from Portsmouth chartered surveyor McAndrew Martin, said: ‘Avoidable deaths by fire have again been highlighted by coroners’ inquests.

‘A jury at a recent inquest into a blaze at Lakanal House in Camberwell ruled the deaths of six people were preventable and found “serious failures” in the local council’s construction of the south London tower block.

‘These deaths underline the importance of local authorities and private landlords meeting their obligations under The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.’

Mr Lee said landlords needed to make sure they had annual fire risk assessments.

He said: ‘This should include as a minimum, fire compartmentation of buildings, escape travel distances, correct fire door ratings and operation, means of escape routes, fire alarms, smoke detectors and emergency lighting.’