The Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005, also known as RRFSO, came into force on 1 October 2006, consolidating more than 70 pieces of previous legislation. From that date, all fire certificates ceased to have legal status.
The legislation requires that premises be assessed for their fire risk. It also requires that a ‘responsible person’ is appointed to ensure safety measures are taken to minimise the risk of fire. In a commercial property, this is generally the owner. In other premises, such as a block of flats, the landlord, freeholder or people who manage the premises are responsible.
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