Updated Fire Safety Guidance

Updated Fire Safety Guidance

There is new fire safety guidance from the Home Office –  ‘Guide to making your small paying guest accommodation safe from fire’  (“The Guide”) – which comes into force on 1 October 2023.

The Fire Safety Order 2005 (FSO) has not fundamentally changed. As such, the new guidance is not a significant change from the existing guidance – Do You Have Paying Guests?  But the new guidance takes account new technology, tightens some requirements, clarifies others, and helpfully it now makes suggestions as to what mitigation measures are appropriate in different circumstances.

There here are many comments on the web suggesting that because it is only “guidance”, you don’t need to follow it.  The Guide has been published as an Article 50 document, and the Fire Safety Act 2021, states that failure to follow Article 50 guidance may be relied on [by Enforcing Authorities as] tending to establish a contravention of the duties contained within the Articles 8-22 [of the FSO]. So the contents of The Guide  has less flexibility and more importance than the title may imply.

In our sector it is most likely that the owner of the holiday cottage will be the Responsible Person, and they have a duty to comply with the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (As amended) (the FSO).

A copy of the guidance is available on the following link – https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1147723/A_guide_to_making_your_small_paying-guest-accommodation_safe_from_fire.pdf

We anticipate that many holiday cottages will require work to meet the requirements outlined in the new guidance document.  October may seem a long way off,  but we would suggest you start work on this as soon as you can.


The information contained in this page is based on the author’s interpretation of The Guide. This page is for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal or any other type of advice. You should always seek independent advice and consents for your own business as necessary. 

Second home owner in the Peak District?

Cleaning your second home in the Peak District

If your Peak District cottage is your second home or you have had some work done, you may not need a full holiday changeover service – which we can also offer!

So, we also provide just cleaning services so your second home or holiday cottage is still fresh and pleasant when you arrive. Our aim is to deliver the very best level of service to our holiday cottage owners. Within this industry, little things make a big difference. We don’t like wonky pictures, we don’t like broken lightbulbs, we don’t like crumbs under sofa cushions…

This isn’t a  ‘one size fits all’ service – we will tailor the cleaning service for each property. However typically this will include;

  • Airing all rooms in the cottage
  • Wipe down/ dust surfaces
  • Sweeping/ mopping and vacuuming floors
  • Clean and sanitise kitchen & bathroom including the fridge, oven, and cupboards
  • Sweep outdoor terraces/ patio and/or decking areas
  • Clean windows and blinds

Contact us for more information on 01629 828 215 or email: enquiries@cottageteam.co.uk for a chat about how we might be able to help you.

Keeping an eye on your Holiday Cottage or Second Home

Checking your Peak District Cottage

If there is no one keeping an eye on your Peak District cottage, anything might happen and you might not be aware until the problem has escalated. So if your cottage is left unoccupied for any period of time Cottage Team provide you with a weekly cottage security and maintenance checking service. This includes:

  • Checks for forced entry, vandalism, storm or frost damage, pests, damp, checking fuel levels, guttering checks etc.
  • Ensure heating, burglar alarm, fire protection systems etc. are set correctly and operational
  • Key Holding / Access Management
  • Mail Management – mail collection, mail re direction and junk mail disposal
  • Meter readings – taking as required

We offer this support service at a fixed price of £75 a year per cottage.