One of the problems is that rented accommodation may not always be well maintained.
Even if you think it’s your landlord’s responsibility to take the necessary fire safety precautions, don’t leave it to them. If you can’t get your landlord to make your house safe, do it yourself – it could save your life.
Landlords don’t always have a legal responsibility to fit a smoke alarm, but under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 they must make sure there are adequate escape routes. Depending on the size of the property, they may also have to fit smoke alarms and provide fire extinguishers.
By law, your landlord must:
Advice and information for leaseholders in high-rise properties
If you are a leaseholder, the government provides extra advice and information free of charge.