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Fire safety for self-catering holiday/ short term lets.

Self-catering holiday properties and short term lets are covered by the Fire Safety Order.

This guide will help you reduce fire risk and help keep your guests and your property safe from fire.

We also recommend the following Government booklets.

Fire safety law for holiday properties / short term lets.

Fire safety law applies if anyone pays to stay in your property, other than to live there as a permanent home.

Any flat, house, cottage, out-house, caravan (or other space) you rent out to others on a short-term arrangement or for a holiday is covered under the Fire Safety Order.

The Fire Safety Order makes you responsible for taking steps to protect all relevant people using your premises from the risk of fire.

Your responsibilities

  • You must carry out a fire risk assessment and act on the results. This will identify the fire safety measures that you need to have in place to keep people safe from fire. You must keep a record of this.
  • Review your risk assessment regularly and whenever there has been a significant change that could impact it, such as if you add another guest bedroom, or change the layout of the property. We recommend you review your risk assessment at least annually.
  • Make sure equipment is regularly serviced and periodic testing or inspections take place. This includes fire alarm systems, gas appliances, electrical appliances, and any emergency lighting systems which can be used should the mains lights fail (as identified in the fire risk assessment).
  • You must keep a record of all testing and maintenance.

It is a legal requirement to comply with fire safety law. If you do not meet your requirements then this may lead to enforcement action, prosecution, fines, or imprisonment.

Fire safety risk assessments for holiday and short term lets.

We strongly recommend the fire risk assessment is carried out by someone with an appropriate level of knowledge and understanding of fire safety. We cannot carry out a fire risk assessment for you.

In small premises (typically ground and first floor) with a simple layout – you may feel able to carry out the risk assessment yourself.

To help guide you through the process and what you need to do please visit  Fire Risk Assessments – Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (

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