Residential or Domestic Property Fire Risk Assessment Form
template is intended for use by the owner or manager of
the freehold of a domestic dwelling that contains two or more flats.
Since the Fire Safety Order of 2005, the building owner/controller (usually
the freeholder or management company) has had to carry out, or arrange to
have carried out, a fire risk assessment on the communal or shared areas of
converted houses or blocks of flats. This requirement has now been
amended/upgraded by the Fire Safety Act 2021 to include an
assessment of the external fabric of the building.
The Duty Holder can carry out the risk assessment themselves, but
it is recommended that a competent person/professional is instructed to
assist in this important task.
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 Residential Fire Risk Assessment Form template aims to provide a
comprehensive list of what you should look for when carrying out your
assessment, however, there may be items in respect of your particular
property 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 the particular circumstances of your property, to be used
When completing your 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; and
Consider your escape routes.
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.
A separate fire risk assessment form template is available for Houses of
Multiple Occupation (HMOs).
It is best practice for a fire risk assessment to be carried out annually
and before a new tenant takes up occupation.