Residential House of Multiple Occupation Fire Risk Assessment Form
This Residential HMO Fire Risk Assessment Form template is intended for use by anyone who owns or manages a bedsit type property or House of Multiple Occupation (HMO) whether or not it is licensed by the local authority.
Since the Fire Safety Order of 2005, the building owner/controller (usually the freeholder or management company) has had to carry out or arrange a fire risk assessment. This requirement has now been amended/upgraded by the Fire Safety Act 2021 to include the external fabric of the building.
The Duty Holder is allowed to carry out the risk assessment themselves, however, it is still recommended that a competent person/professional is instructed to carry out a fire risk assessment, especially where the property is an HMO and there are higher safety standards to meet. If you have a licensed HMO there may be specific conditions regarding fire safety, and whether a professional must carry out the risk assessment. You will need to make sure that you are complying with the conditions in order to comply with the licence.
If you do want to perform the fire risk assessment yourself, you should only do so if you have sufficient knowledge of fire safety. For further information on carrying out a fire risk assessment yourself you can review the government’s guidance on performing a risk assessment which can be found here .
This HMO Fire Risk Assessment Form aims to provide a comprehensive list of what you should look for when carrying out your assessment, however there may be items that are not on the list. For this reason, each section of the Fire Risk Assessment Form template contains blank boxes for additional items specific to your particular circumstances, to be used as needed.
When completing the fire risk assessment you must:
- consider the building fabric, including the external construction materials, windows and balconies;
- look at fire doors and compartmentation;
- consider any active or passive controls you may have in place;
- consider your escape routes; and
- consider any sources of ignition - such as electrical appliances in kitchens or rooms.
Once you have completed your fire safety risk assessment and have noted any issues on an Action Plan, you must set a timetable for rectifying them within a reasonable period of time.