What the new government regulations mean for landlords providing rented accommodation in Ireland.
If you're a landlord, you'll already be making shapes to ensure you meet the new Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2017 which came into effect on 1st July 2017.
How does this affect rented accommodation?
Rented houses should have a suitable fire detection and alarm system as well as a suitably located fire blanket.
In multi-unit buildings (eg. apartments, flats) where the units share a common access, each unit should have a fire detection and alarm system and a blanket. There should also be an emergency evacuation plan and emergency lighting in common areas.
You should also make sure that your installations for gas, oil and electricity supplies are maintained and kept in safe working order.
A fire extinguisher is also recommended - as it is often the first line of defence when dealing with a fire.
REMEMBER: Fire extinguishers are for dealing with small fires, to avoid them getting out of control. If you cannot control the fire with the fire extinguisher, you need to call the fire brigade.
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