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
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.