Student safety

Your landlord's obligations to keep you safe from fire

As a tenant it is your responsibilty to make sure that there is a working smoke alarm in your home. Smoke alarms will provide you with early warning should there be a fire while you are sleeping.

If you live in privately rented accommodation your landlord has to meet certain safety obligations under the law.

If you are worried your landlord isn’t doing enough to ensure your safety, contact the environmental health officer at your local council for advice. You can find their contact details at www.direct.gov.uk

  • New legislation came into effect on 1 October 2015 that requires all private landlords to fit smoke alarms in rented homes and carbon monoxide alarms in properties where solid fuel is being burned.  
  • Under the law your landlord has to meet certain safety obligations which include making sure all gas and electrical appliances are safe and in good working order.
  • Gas appliances must be checked by a Gas Safe registered engineer every year.
  • Electrical appliances must carry the British Safety Standard sign.
  • Your landlord must also ensure furnishings are fire resistant and meet safety regulations.
  • Your landlord must show you safety certificates so you can see when gas and electrical appliances were last checked.

Gas appliances must be checked by a Gas Safe registered engineer every year.

Make sure you recognise these symbols:

Image of the Kitemark used for electrical safety

Gas Safe logo, used to certify the safety of gas installations and equipment

Fire resistant logo