Asking who the Responsible Person is

A letter you can copy

What to do:

  • Copy and paste the text below into an email or document.
  • Replace any text [in brackets] with your own information
  • Send the email to your landlord, or print out the document and send it by post.
  • If you are sending by post, keep a copy for yourself and a record of the date that the message was sent.

[Your address]
[Today’s date]

[Name of your contact or landlord]
[Your landlord’s address]

[Your rent/tenant ID number]

Dear [your landlord’s name],

I am a tenant of [name of your block or building] and I am writing to request information about the Responsible Person for my block.

As you will probably be aware, under the Fire Safety Regulatory Reform Order of 2005, landlords must take reasonable steps to reduce the risk from fire and make sure people can safely escape if there is a fire, and the Responsible Person is the person responsible for overseeing this, and addressing any fire risks that regular Fire Risk Assessments pick up.

I would be grateful if you could inform me who the Responsible Person is for our block.

Many thanks for your help in this matter. I look forward to receiving your reply by [date, two weeks in the future] at the latest.

Yours sincerely,
[sign your name]
[print your name]


If you don’t get an answer within two weeks

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