Holiday Let Fire Regulations

From October 2023, all holiday lets in England will be required by law to have a written Fire Risk Assessment. The new regulations are part of a wider effort to improve fire safety standards in tourist accommodations and ensure that guests are kept safe from potential hazards.

As of October 1st 2023, new fire safety regulations will come into effect for all UK holiday home owners. We have summarised these below:

Full length, written assessments, covering every aspect of fire risk, will now become a legal requirement for all properties where someone is paying to stay in it. This document is called the Fire Safety Risk Assessment: sleeping accommodation

The government has also issued new guidance for ‘small paying guest accommodation’ which is defined as ‘a single premises of ground floor, or ground and first floor, providing sleeping accommodation for a maxim of 10 persons, with no more than four bedrooms on the first floor’ or ‘ individual flats (whether within a purpose-built block of flats or a house that has been converted into flats), other than unusually large flats’. 

If your premise is large or complex, then the Fire Safety Risk Assessment: Sleeping Accommodation document still applies. These are likely to be reviewed again in 2024. 

Main fire protection measures you need to know

So what exactly does the new guidance say? Well, you must ensure that you are compliant with the new fire safety regulations for UK holiday home owners. And this starts with completing a 'suitable and sufficient' Fire Risk Assessment.




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