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Guidance on fire, smoke and carbon monoxide safety, right to rent and other information for landlords.

Fire safety

London Fire Brigade provides information on fire safety at home.

London Fire Brigade fire safety

It is important that as either a tenant or landlord you know how to reduce the chances of a fire starting in your home and how to keep yourself or your tenants safe.

Know the plan

Whether you are a landlord or tenant, take the time to know how to plan for an emergency.

Know the Plan

Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

Private sector landlords are required from 1 October 2015 to have a least one smoke alarm installed on every storey of their properties and to install a carbon monoxide alarm in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance. These requirements are from The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015.

Barking and Dagenham landlords are eligible for up to two free smoke alarms for each property licensed in the borough.

Complete the request form and bring it to the next landlord forum to collect your alarms.

Smoke alarm request form (PDF, 146.00 KB)

Check your tenant's right to rent

Landlords are legally required to carry out right to rent checks on their tenants to ensure they have the right to be in the UK. Find out more about what you need to do and how to make a check.

Right to rent

National Landlords Association (NLA)

As a service to our landlords, we have partnered with the National Landlords Association (NLA) to provide free information when you register as an associate member.

Register as an NLA associate member

As an associate you will be entitled to:

  • free downloads of tenancy agreements and a wide range of other essential forms and documents 
  • maintain your own personal tenancy agreement repository online
  • free entry to landlord meetings
  • fortnightly e-newsletter to help you keep pace with developments in the private rented sector
  • selected digitised pages from the NLA’s member magazine UK Landlord 
  • NLA landlord surveys
  • register your landlord accreditation on the National Register of Accredited Landlords, and gain national recognition for your work

Landlords Forum

We work closely with the Landlords Forum, an independent body that meets quarterly to provide a support network and discuss issues relevant to landlords and lettings agents.

Representatives from the council attend forum meetings to answer queries and update members on issues such as:

All are welcome to attend the meetings.

Contact us

General enquiries


Questions or items for next meeting

Evette Roberts, Chair


Surinder Pahl, Deputy Chair

07956 150 240


2019 meeting dates

Sept 3 - Barking Town Hall, 7pm.

Dec 3 - Barking Town Hall, 7pm.

Previous meeting resources

December 2018

September 2018

June 2018

December 2017

September 2017

June 2017

March 2017

September 2016

June 2016

March 2016

September 2015

June 2015

March 2015