Private landlords must ensure they are aware of rental laws related to fire safety, the National Landlords Association (NLA) has suggested.

David Salusbury, chairman of the landlord advice body, said it is vitally important that all private landlords take fire safety seriously.

Landlord responsibilities on fire safety highlighted by the NLA included keeping records of safety checks, equipment defects and fire alarm activations.

Mr Salusbury warned that private landlords need to be aware of the specific laws that affect their type of properties so they can follow rental laws sufficiently.

"Landlords face a complex maze of fire safety laws,"he said. "Precautions taken in a rental property will offer reassurance to tenants that their landlord strives to keep their property as safe as possible."

The landlord advice comes after Mike Colmans, underwriting manager at insurance firm Norwich Union, warned landlords of the need to consider tenant vetting services.

He suggested this after noting that some insurance firms would not pay out for property damage when tenants use rented accommodation for the production of cannabis - if the private landlord has not taken "reasonable precautions".ADNFCR-2002-ID-19027883-ADNFCR

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