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
The Duty Holder is allowed to carry out the risk assessment themselves,
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
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.