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Former firefighter's online fire safety guide for landlords

Monday 04 December 2017

A former firefighter has set up an online portal to help landlords stay abreast of fire safety regulations.

Tony Bolder left the fire service to set up independently as a fire safety inspector, and is now working to ensure landlords comply with vital regulations.

Mr Bolder says the new Landlords FSO website and app is the first online portal for fire safety regulations, particularly for houses of multiple occupancy (HMOs), and hopes it will make it easier for landlords to avoid potential punishment.

He said: “I do a lot of work with local landlords and it has certainly been busier recently.

"A lot of people are not aware of what HMO’s they have, or who is responsible for what areas in shared housing.

“But there also needs to a greater level of scrutiny when it comes to these inspections. I could legally go into a block of flats and inspect the staircase and door and have done a legally compliant check. But these aren’t the areas where a fire is going to start.

"People need to ensure that proper inspections are undertaken, and regularly, because otherwise they can get caught out.”

The idea for the platform, which can cover a landlord's whole property portfolio, came to him because of his unique position working as an inspector for Humber Fire and Rescue Service.

“I’ve spoken to people about Landlord FSO at a lot of events. I was recently at the Olympia in London and have been at landlord investment shows and the response has been fantastic,” he said.

“Most landlords just keep these documents as big piles in their filing cabinets, but still don’t exactly know what needs checking and when."

Take a look at our expert Carl Agars tips on fire safety here...

For more information, visit https://landlordsfso.co.uk/

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