The building regulations require that all properties built after June 1992, must have a mains operated inter-connected smoke alarm fitted on every level of the property.Older properties do not have to comply but Landlords would be well advised to provide at least battery operated smoke alarms in the property.
It is important to determine who is responsible for testing and maintaining the smoke alarms - the Landlord, Agent or Tenant. If the Agent is to be responsible, this should be noted in the Tenancy Agreement. If the Tenant is to be made responsible for this then adequate warnings must be given in writing to check the batteries. At the same point one should test the smoke alarms during property inspections.
There are smoke alarms available called Fire Angel Plug-in Smoke Alarms.
There is a compulsory requirement to provide fire extinguishers or fire blankets in Houses of Multiple occupation [shared houses] but not in normal tenanted properties. This area is becoming increasingly vague, for not only do we have the Fire Safety Order regulations but selective licensing where your local council will define what they require. Provision of extra fire safety may be a wise precaution, at least in the kitchen area for 50% of fires are a result of cooking.
Having made the decision to provide fire extinguishers though, the Landlord or Agent should then arrange for a 12 monthly service.
In the event of a Tenant complaint or an incident, the defence of "due diligence" may be accepted where it can be shown that the Landlord or Agent took all reasonable steps to avoid committing an offence - you will need documentary evidence of this.
The dilemma becomes protecting tenants, protecting your investment and becoming responsible because you provided the equipment and then arguably had a responsibility to maintain.
Immigration Act revised 2016 should a landlord or letting agent fail to ensure ALL tenants/occupiers have a righto reside for the duration of the tenancy then they may be fined £3000 for each breach. The Secretary of State may instruct the landlord to remove such persons without the need of a court order by way of reasonable force
Labour market enforcement - restriction on illegal migrants to work. A labour market enforcement undertaking (an “LME undertaking”) is an undertaking by the person giving it (the “subject”) to comply with any prohibitions, restrictions and requirements set out in the undertaking
Under section 42 of the County Courts Act 1984 it is possible for the Court to transfer a matter from the County Court to the High Court for enforcement but leave (permission) of the Court is required first. The transfer time varies from court to court and can take up to 28 days, but normally takes far less. An application to seek permission can be made either at the time of making the possession claim or after possession has been ordered.